MEET THE MATILDAS
AUSTRALIA WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
When they began playing in 1978, the Australian Women's National Team was called the "Female Socceroos". But in 1995, when they first qualified to compete on the world stage, the women's team officially became "the Matildas". They've been a dominant fixture in the tournament ever since, reaching the quarter-finals in each of their last three competitions. Led by Sam Kerr, the 2019 squad may be the most promising Australian team yet.
Keep an eye out for these players as they try to lead the Matildas to victory in France.
Sam Kerr is the fastest player on the pitch, impossible to mark and one of the most prolific strikers in the world. As team captain, she's on her way to becoming a true icon of the game.
Right beside Kerr on the front line is Caitlin Foord. The duo will deliver goal after goal and inspire millions. If Kerr's got speed, then Foord is delivering precision and technique with every strike.
At 19, Ellie Carpenter will be making her debut in France. The young gun shares quick feet, and will be providing strength to the Matildas' defence.
"NEVER SAY DIE"
Inspired by the raw street art of Melbourne's Hosier Lane and the golden wattle (Australia's national flower), the kit's design encapsulates the team's youthful exuberance. Their rallying cry—"Never Say Die"—is printed inside the home kit, representing the relentless fighting spirit of the team.
Complementing the team's vibrant home kit, the away shirt is a classic, with one notable exception: a spark of Volt in the collar and across the shirt—a statement of Australia's youth football movement.
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