Latest Australia National Soccer Team News

Neville hopes unpredictability befuddles England's opponents

Jun. 22, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — Phil Neville doesn't seem to mind if Cameroon could have spied on his training session. The England coach's lineup could still be hard to decipher ahead of Sunday's round of 16 meeting at the Women's World Cup. Cameroon's staff could have had a bird's eye view of England's...

Norway beats Australia on penalties to reach quarterfinals

Jun. 22, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Ingrid Hjelmseth proved to be a shootout hero once again as Norway beat Australia on penalties Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. Hjelmseth saved Emily Gielnik's kick and Ingrid Engen, who is playing in her first World Cup, hit the decisive penalty...

World Cup's top teams enter knockout stage on a roll

Jun. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women's World Cup by keeping its focus on the present. The Americans will face Spain in the round of 16 on Monday in Reims as the tournament enters the win-or-go-home phase....

Kerr has 4 goals and Australia beats Jamaica 4-1

Jun. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

Sam Kerr scored four goals, one shy of the World Cup record and the most by an Australian, in a 4-1 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night at Grenoble, France, that advanced the Matildas into the knockout rounds Kerr tied American Alex Morgan for the tournament lead with five goals. "I actually wanted more after...

Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory

Jun. 18, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time. The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored on a penalty kick in the 74th...

Brazil not eager to advance by settling for a draw

Jun. 17, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A draw is all it would take for Brazil to advance in the Women's World Cup. Brazilian star Marta has zero desire to play 90 minutes aiming only to tie Italy in the Group C match Tuesday at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes. "To play for a draw? I don't like to enter a match thinking about...

Australia and Sam Kerr quiet the haters at the World Cup

Jun. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

Australia's path to the Women's World Cup was turbulent even before its upset loss in the opening round. That loss to Italy in stoppage time was a terrible start for a team that some consider one of the tournament favorites. The Matildas feature Sam Kerr, their back-flipping global superstar captain, and the...

Australia beats Brazil 3-2 with aid from an own goal

Jun. 13, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — An own goal gave Australia a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Brazil at the Women's World Cup, even after Marta added a record 16th career tournament goal. Marta, who sat out Brazil's opening game with a left thigh injury, became the first player to score in five different World...

Brazil unsure if Marta will play against Australia

Jun. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Brazil played coy on the status of star player Marta ahead of its Women's World Cup match against Australia, a team reeling from a first-round upset and unsure if it will face the six-time FIFA Player of the Year. Marta did not play in Brazil's opening game against Jamaica because of a left...

Italy beats Australia 2-1 on Bonansea's stoppage time goal

Jun. 9, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

VALENCIENNE, France (AP) — Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy upset Australia 2-1 in the Women's World Cup on Sunday. Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage...