Australia's national women's football team, the Westfield Matildas, after their excellent appearance at the last World Cup in 2007, now again take on the pride of Asia in the AFC Women's Asian Cup, which also doubles as World Cup qualification. The new look squad competes in the tournament, being held during May in Chengdu, China in Group B:
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  • Group B: Australia 2 - Vietnam 0 : 19 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre 5pm AET
  • Group B: China 0 - South Korea 0: 19 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre 9:30pm AET
  • Group B: South Korea 1 - Australia 3 : 21 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre 5pm AET
  • Group B: Vietnam 0 - China 5: 21 May 2010 - Shuangliu Sports Centre 9:30pm AET
  • Group B: China 1 - Australia 0 : 23 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre 6pm AET
  • Group B: Vietnam 0 - South Korea 5 : 23 May 2010 - Shuangliu Sports Centre 6pm AET

  • Semi-Final: Japan 0 - Australia 1 : 27 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre, 6pm AET
  • Semi-Final: China 0 - DPR Korea 1 : 27 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre, 8pm AET

  • 3rd / 4th playoff: Japan 2 - China 0 : 30 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre, 6pm AET

  • Final: Australia 1 - DPR Korea 1 AET, 5-4 pens
    30 May 2010 - Chengdu Sports Centre, 9:30pm AET
    Australia is the Asian Cup holders for 2010

From each of the two Groups (A&B) the top two countries go into the sudden-death semi-finals on 27 May, and winners to the final on 30 May, 2010. (Group A consists of North Korea (DPR) (holders), Myanmar, Japan, and Thailand).

Back of the Net will bring you match reports and photo galleries. ABC TV will live telecast.

The Women's World Cup will take place between 26 June and 17 July, 2011 in Germany - with the best 3 from this Asian Cup qualifying - ie. Australia, DPR Korea, Japan!

Pre-tournament photos
Other photos

The Australian squad of 22 is: Melissa Barbieri (Melbourne Victory (Captain) (GK)), Lydia Williams (Canberra United (GK)), Casey Dumont (Brisbane Roar (GK)); Teigen Allen (Sydney FC), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Collette McCallum (Perth Glory), Kim Carroll (Brisbane Roar), Lauren Colthorpe (Brisbane Roar), Lisa De Vanna (Perth Glory/Washington Freedom (USA)), Heather Garriock (Sydney FC/Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark)), Kate Gill (Perth Glory/LdB Malmö (Sweden)), Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane Roar), Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), Leena Kharmis (Sydney FC), Kylie Ledbrook (Sydney FC), Aivi Luik (Brisbane Roar), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Sally Shipard (Canberra United), Thea Slatyer (Canberra United), Kyah Simon (Sydney FC), Karla Reuter (Brisbane Roar), Servet Unzular (Sydney FC), Sarah Walsh (Sydney FC/Boston Breakers (USA)). Michelle Heyman (Central Coast Mariners) is in China but missed the cut. Head Coach – Tom Sermanni (FFA/AIS, Assistant Coaches – Robbie Hooker (ACT), Di Alagich (NSW), Goalkeeping Coach – Paul Jones (ACT)

Pre & Tournament training and media conferences:

Photo galleries(All photos by Paul Lau for BOTN)

(Pre final)

(Pre tournament)

Other photos - Australian referees, and action from other games:

(Referees from DPR Korea v Thailand - Australian refs Sarah Ho (far left), Allyson Flynn (far right))

(DPR Korea (red) v Thailand (yellow)) br>

(DPR Korea sprinted to a 2 nil lead after just 3 minutes and cruised on to take out the match 3-0. Given the ease of the North Korean's victory, it appeared that neither their defence nor their sportsmanship were ever tested during the match)

AFC Asian Cup for Women 2010
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