Ultimate Guide: FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Matildas | Hot Mobile Press

With the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup kicking off in Costa Rica in just under a week, let’s break down the background of the tournament, the squad and our opponents.

The squad was finalized following the completion of the CommBank Young Matildas pre-tournament training camp in Mexico City, which included a training match against Club Universidad Nacional Femenil and a closed-door international friendly against the Mexico U20 women’s national team.

Australia will open their tournament against hosts Costa Rica on Thursday 11 August at 12pm AEST at the Estadio Nacional, San Jose.


This is Australia’s fourth appearance at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, with Australia making their debut at the 2002 edition, the first sanctioned youth tournament for women.

CommBank Young Matildas last competed in the tournament in 2006, which featured current U-20 head coach Leah Blayney in two of three Australian group stage games.

Australia’s best result in the competition is the quarter-finals, finishing in the last eight in both the 2002 and 2004 editions of the tournament. Eliminated by Brazil in 2002, Daniela scored a golden goal and sent the South American team to the semifinals.


Australia’s final squad features a strong A-League women’s presence, with 17 players recording minutes of play in the 2021/22 season. The 21 players represent six member associations, with all players born on or after January 1, 2002.

Blayney has been able to draw on the majority of the group who have been involved throughout CommBank Young Matildas’ preparation, which has seen members of the squad take part in the April and June internationals against New Zealand, the 2022 AFF Women’s Championships in July and a variety of training sessions Warehouse.

Speaking of roster selection, Blayney said: “As we anticipated when naming the extended roster, picking the final 21 players was extremely difficult due to the quality of play and the dedication of the playgroup.”

“Although we selected a young finals team, they are a talented side with a mix of high technical ability, ever-growing tactical maturity and the heart and will that characterize Australian teams. This is a team that has the opportunity to prove its quality on the global stage.”

The 21 players represent six member associations of Football NSW (12), Capital Football (2), Football Victoria (2), Football West (2), Northern NSW Football (2) and Football South Australia (1).

YM Team Shot
The Young Matildas pose for a team photo before heading out to the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022™. (Photo: Ann Odong/Football Australia)

17 squad members played minutes of play in the 2021/22 women’s A-League season, with all ten women’s A-League clubs represented that season: Adelaide United (2), Brisbane Roar (1), Canberra United (1), Melbourne City (2 ), Melbourne Victory (1), Newcastle Jets (1), Perth Glory (1), Sydney FC (4), Wellington Phoenix (1) and Western Sydney Wanderers (3).

The CommBank Young Matildas squad has a total of 238 women’s A-League appearances at an average of 14 appearances per player. Five of Australia’s FIFA U20 Women’s World 2022™ selected squad members were born in regional areas, with the remaining 16 being born in capital cities.

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Australia take on three top footballing nations in the group stage, starting with host country Costa Rica, then Brazil and finalizing the group games against 2018 runners-up Spain.

Although young Matildas have only recently competed at U-20 level, they have twice faced Brazil in this tournament. Australia were knocked out 4-3 by Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2002 tournament. They then met in the group stage of the 2006 tournament, where Brazil won 2-0, the last time Australia participated in the tournament.

All three sides, like Australia, have played a number of closed international friendlies ahead of the tournament. Costa Rica last met New Zealand and got away with a 1-1 draw. Brazil also met New Zealand, with the game ending 4-0 for Brazil. Finally, Spain were defeated 3-0 by the USA in a training match before the start of the tournament.

In preparation for the tournament, Australia met Club Universidad Nacional Femenil (1-0 W), Mexico U20 women’s national team (3-3 D) and Colombia U20 women’s national team (3-2 W).

how to watch

All of Australia’s matches for the tournament will be shown live, free of charge and in HD on SBS and SBS On Demand with full studio coverage. Fans can watch free-to-air TV or use a smart device to watch with the SBS app.

Costa Rica vs Australia
Date: Wednesday 10 August 2022 (local)/ Thursday 11 August 2022
Venue: Estadio Nacional, San Jose
Kicking off: 8:00 p.m. CST (local)/ 12:00 p.m. AEST
Transmission: SBS Australia

Brazil vs Australia
Date: Saturday 13 August 2022 (Local)/ Sunday 14 August 2022
Venue: Morera Soto, Alajuela
Kicking off: 2:00 p.m. CST (local)/ 6:00 a.m. AEST
Transmission: SBS Australia

Australia vs Spain
Date: Tuesday 16 August 2022 (Local)/ Wednesday 17 August 2022
Venue: Morera Soto, Alajuela
Kicking off: 8:00 p.m. CST (local)/ 12:00 p.m. AEST
Transmission: SBS Australia

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