Westfield Matildas 2018 AFC Asian Cup: get to know our opponents

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.

Katrina Gorry


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

Alanna Kennedy holds off her Korea Republic opponent in their Olympic qualifier in 2016.


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 10Amman International Stadium

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