The Westfield Matildas have been pitted in a tough group at next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.
Alen Stajcic’s side head into the tournament as Asia’s highest-ranked nation and will undoubtedly start as favourites to go all the way to the title.
With a 2019 FIFA World Cup spot also on the line (the top 5 as the Asian Cup qualify for the tournament in France), the stakes are high for the Aussie side.
Here’s what you need to know about our three group opponents.
World ranking: 9
Coach: Asako Takakura
Key player: Saki Kumagai
Best finish: Champions in 2014
How they qualified: qualified automatically as defending champions.
When we play them: Friday, April 13 @ Amman International Stadium.
World ranking: 14
Coach: Yoon Duk-yeo
Key player: Ji So-yun
Best finish: Third place in 2013
How they qualified: won their group on goal difference (three goals) ahead of DPR Korea.
When we play them: Saturday, April 7 @ King Abdullah II Stadium
World ranking: 32
Coach: Mai Duc Chung
Key player: Huynh Nhu
Best finish: Group stage
How they qualified: won their group unbeaten ahead of Myanmar
When we play them: Tuesday, April 10 @ Amman International Stadium