Australia / New Zealand 2023
- The numbers in Australia and New Zealand have been stable for several years
- Both countries will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup
- Close-up on some newcomers who hope to be part of the party in 2023
Australia and New Zealand will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ in 2023. In recent years, both countries have relied on relatively stable squads. But managers Tom Sermanni and Tony Gustavsson will seek to expand their squads. respective over the next two years, with the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in dress rehearsal.
The Australian W-League season, which ended on April 11, was an opportunity to discover several candidates for a place in the national team. Over the past 18 months, many Matildas left to try their luck in Europe. A few promising players took advantage of this call to make a name for themselves on the national scene.
FIFA.com portrays these aspirants who dream of being part of the party during the 2023 global meeting.
Kyra Cooney-Cross (AUS)
“She’s the most talented Australian player. She can do it all.” this is how Jeff Hopkins, considered the best coach in the W-League, describes his protege. At 19, she is an indisputable starter at Melbourne Victory, and one of the attractions of the W-League. Reservist for the Australian selection in 2019 and international since the age of 15, Cooney-Cross already has a solid experience of the high level. Maneuvering in midfield, she is one of the instigators of Melbourne Victory this season.
Olivia Chance (NZL)
Chance was already part of the group that traveled to France in 2019. The last few months have only confirmed its upward trajectory. Omnipresent in the midfield, she stood out under the colors of Brisbane Roar, especially for the quality of the tandem she formed with the Australian Tameka Yallop. Not content with being among the most effective players when it comes to serving her partners in good conditions, she occasionally scores spectacular goals.
Clare Wheeler (AUS)
A shadow worker for several years with the Newcastle Jets, Clare Wheeler embodies the new generation of players who have taken advantage of the departure of their prestigious elders to shine. In a much more advanced role at Sydney FC, she added a touch of creativity to her impressive volume of play. Her coach is convinced, the selection is not far away. “She’s awesome,” says Ante Juric. “She should already be part of the Matildas. I’m not saying tomorrow or the day after tomorrow; I would be very surprised if she was not called at the next meeting. “
Claudia Bunge (NZL)
“She has matured. Her performances are more consistent, she is more complete and I hope she will continue in this direction”, confided Tom Sermanni when Claudia Bunge was first called 18 months ago. The coach of Football Ferns is undoubtedly delighted with the record of the first full season of his central defender. Very involved in the conquest of the title of Melbourne Victory, Bunge is more and more essential as the heiress of the indestructible Abby Erceg.
Jada Whyman (AUS)
The second youngest goalkeeper to play in a W-League game, at 16, Whyman received her first call-up for the national team two years later. On April 11, 2021, she was elected Player of the Match in the grand final. Like Lydia Williams, Whyman is of Aboriginal descent. Like her idol, she grew up in the countryside, before moving to Canberra to work under the former goalkeeper coach. Matildas, Paul Jones. “As soon as I saw her, I knew that Jada was an extraordinary athlete,” says the person. “She reminded me a lot of Lydia at the same age.”
Paige Satchell (NZL)
Author of a brief appearance during France 2019, the swift Paige Satchell could count among the offensive assets of the Football Ferns in 2023. A former national cross-country champion, she has a burst of speed that makes her one of the fastest players in the Australian squad. Despite her small size, Satchell has distinguished herself at several Youth Women’s World Cups with New Zealand. After a brief stint at SC Sand, Germany, she shone with Canberra for her second pro season.