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How many of these who played this morning would have been selected if the coach could have chosen Australian based players?
 

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Useful reality checks these games. The Germans, Dutch, Swedish and French look a fair way ahead of where Australia is, and the US is still well ahead of all of those.
 

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Pretty woeful effort even with a few novices getting games.

Fowler made a terrible backpass for the first goal. Arnold sydney harbour bridged a regulation long shot near the post - 2-0. (Surely Tegan Micah is a better goalie if she can recover from injury in time for the Olympics). The 3rd goal was good pressure on our defence until we coughed it up.

Dylan Holmes came into midfield replacing Fowler for her first run in the 2nd half, and looked quite competant hitting targets with her passing - actually had the clearest chance to score, but deep in defence she tried to clear the ball across goal and kicked it directly to a Dutch player 10m out for an easy finish. The other goal was from a good long cross that split our defence and the ball was chipped over Arnold as she came out to the edge of the penalty box.

Three goals from clear mistakes but more disappointing were the senior players who let themselves down with basic technique and passing. Van Egmond especially sluggish again. Foord and Raso for every time they won the ball off their opponents would just as often give it straight back.

Can't really think of any good players in this game. Luik and Goad were pretty honest defensively despite the ocassional mistakes - and that's about it. Kerr tried hard running around everywhere like she always does to provide a target but couldn't get into the game with the horrible passes, and also being caught offside with her runs.

Compared to the Germany game, we did have far more opportunities to score and the Dutch defenders actually looked a bit nervous at times when we pressed them but there was too much individual play when we got our chances near the box. More than just a symptom of the players not being familiar with each others game.
 
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Pretty woeful effort even with a few novices getting games.

Fowler made a terrible backpass for the first goal. Arnold sydney harbour bridged a regulation long shot near the post - 2-0. (Surely Tegan Micah is a better goalie if she can recover from injury in time for the Olympics). The 3rd goal was good pressure on our defence until we coughed it up.

Dylan Holmes came into midfield replacing Fowler for her first run in the 2nd half, and looked quite competant hitting targets with her passing - actually had the clearest chance to score, but deep in defence she tried to clear the ball across goal and kicked it directly to a Dutch player 10m out for an easy finish. The other goal was from a good long cross that split our defence and the ball was chipped over Arnold as she came out to the edge of the penalty box.

Three goals from clear mistakes but more disappointing were the senior players who let themselves down with basic technique and passing. Van Egmond especially sluggish again. Foord and Raso for every time they won the ball off their opponents would just as often give it straight back.

Can't really think of any good players in this game. Luik and Goad were pretty honest defensively despite the ocassional mistakes - and that's about it. Kerr tried hard running around everywhere like she always does to provide a target but couldn't get into the game with the horrible passes, and also being caught offside with her runs.

Compared to the Germany game, we did have far more opportunities to score and the Dutch defenders actually looked a bit nervous at times when we pressed them but there was too much individual play when we got our chances near the box. More than just a symptom of the players not being familiar with each others game.
Good write-up. I'm sure Gustavsson is already discounting the Olympics and looking ahead to the 2023 World Cup. Samantha Lewis puts it well:

These two friendlies, then, are not just a wake-up call to Gustavsson and his squad as the next four-year cycle begins. They are also a wake-up call to Football Australia and the domestic structures – both at W-League and national team level – that must improve if Australia is to develop the kind of depth required to compete in this emerging international landscape.

If that's the case, 2023 might already be a stretch and 2027 should be the target for Football Australia.

 

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Good write-up. I'm sure Gustavsson is already discounting the Olympics and looking ahead to the 2023 World Cup. Samantha Lewis puts it well:

These two friendlies, then, are not just a wake-up call to Gustavsson and his squad as the next four-year cycle begins. They are also a wake-up call to Football Australia and the domestic structures – both at W-League and national team level – that must improve if Australia is to develop the kind of depth required to compete in this emerging international landscape.

If that's the case, 2023 might already be a stretch and 2027 should be the target for Football Australia.

Unfortunately, I don't think waiting through a four year cycle will be too much help. Women's football is improving around the world, maybe at a faster rate than here. I'm not sure we'll keep up let alone go past everyone. Plus the WAFL will drain more numbers.
It will probably end up like our mens team, send our youth to Europe for best development.
 

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Matildas play USA Sweden and New Zealand at the Olympics
The Westfield Matildas have been drawn in Group G for the Women's Football Tournament at Tokyo 2020.

Australia will take on USA, Sweden, and New Zealand in the country's fourth appearance at the Olympic Games.

The Westfield Matildas have previously faced the USA and Sweden at the Olympic level, while the Football Ferns are Australia's most frequent opponent dating back to Australia's first 'A' international in 1979.


Australia will open their tournament in Group G against FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 cohost and neighbour, New Zealand on 21 July.

AUSTRALIA - GROUP G MATCHES
Australia v New Zealand
21 July 2021
Kick Off: 21:30 (AEST)
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Sweden v Australia
24 July 2021
Kick Off: 18:30 (AEST)
Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama

United States v Australia
27 July 2021
Kick Off: 18:00 (AEST)
Kashima Stadium, Kashima


 

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