Another solid week on the training ground by players and coaches. A week where we saw a lot of progress with decision making, individual technical ability and flair. The challenge for us is to keep up the momentum given the commitment and motivation we are seeing from players. When it comes to football development, the learning process is a long, slow and complex one that requires a lot of patience from players and families. Only players who are able to maintain a high level of motivation over a long period of time generally end up enjoying success in the game.
Providing players and their families with an environment and culture that can nurture and develop their football aspirations is a key objective of ours. We are pleased to see so many young players and coaches continue to develop their passion for football under our values and culture.
See you on the field.
‘Cup Of Nations’ returns ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
Australian football fans will have a great opportunity to witness the CommBank Matildas in action ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ as one of Australia’s most popular national teams features in the ‘Cup of Nations’ on home soil in February 2023.
Football Australia, with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will host the four-nation tournament comprising of three double-header matchdays in Gosford, Sydney, and Newcastle.
The Cup of Nations will see the CommBank Matildas joined by fellow FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ contestants Spain and Jamaica, as well as Czechia.
The six-match tournament will kick-off at Industree Group Stadium in Gosford on Thursday, 16 February with Spain playing Jamaica followed by the CommBank Matildas against Czechia.
Three days later, the tournament will shift to Sydney as Jamaica and Czechia go head-to-head at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta, followed by a blockbuster clash between the CommBank Matildas and Spain on Match Day Two on Sunday, 19 February.
Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium will play host to Match Day 3 of the Cup of Nations on Wednesday, 22 February where Czechia will take on Spain, and the CommBank Matildas will meet Jamaica in the last game of the competition.
The highest-placed nation following the completion of all three match days will be crowned the Cup of Nations champion on 22 February in Newcastle.
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said he is delighted with these opportunities for the Australian public to experience world-class football and cheer on the CommBank Matildas and their football heroes in the lead-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ campaign.