The Matilda’s squad for the Cyprus Cup has a Sky Blue tinge to it after six of Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League team were selected to take part in one of the most elite non-FIFA tournaments in women’s football.
The Matilda-s squad for the Cyprus Cup has a Sky Blue tinge to it after six of Sydney FC-s Westfield W-League team were selected to take part in one of the most elite non-FIFA tournaments in women-s football.
After embarking on a nine match unbeaten streak during the regular season and finishing third in the world at the mobcast IWCC, Chloe Logarzo, Casey Dumont, Catilin Foord, Sam Kerr, Leena Khamis and Nicola Bolger will all don the Green and Gold when the competition kicks off on the March 5.
The Westfield Matildas have been drawn alongside 2011 FIFA Women-s World Cup semi-finalists France, Scotland and the Netherlands in Group B of the 12 nation annual event.
Group A features England, Italy, Finland and 2015 FIFA Women-s World Cup hosts Canada while Group C includes Korea Republic, New Zealand, Switzerland and Republic of Ireland.
Westfield Matildas coach Hesterine De Reus says the tournament will provide invaluable preparation for the AFC Asian Women-s Cup.
“International football is always a higher level than the domestic leagues so it is a good opportunity for the girls to move from domestic to international football in terms of speed of the game and all-round demands,” said De Reus.
“We will be facing strong opponents so it will be a tough test for us.
“We have many new players in camp which is exciting and it shows the W-League has been a good showcase for players to develop and are maybe they are now ready to step into the Matildas.”
The Westfield Matildas are preparing for the 2014 AFC Women-s Asian Cup in Vietnam, which double as FIFA Women-s World Cup qualifiers. Reigning champions Australia will be seeking to secure one of the five berths on offer for Canada 2015.
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