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MWFA, Manly United junior and current Manly United senior women’s player Kahli Johnson has been named in Australia’s U20 Women’s World Cup squad. Starting her career at Dee Why FC and Collaroy Cromer Strikers Johnson joined Manly United in the U8 development squad and will now represent Australia on the international stage.

Head coach Leah Blayney has named the 21 players who will represent Australia at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022™.

The squad has been finalised following the completion of the Young Matildas pre-tournament training camp in Mexico City which included a training match against Club Universidad Nacional Femenil and closed door international friendly against the Mexico U20 Women’s National Team.

Australia’s final squad features a strong A-League Women’s presence with 17 players recording match minutes during the 2021/22 season.  The 21 players represent six Member Federations with all players born on or after January 1, 2002.

Blayney has been able to call upon the majority of the group who have featured throughout the Young Matildas preparation that has seen members of the squad participate in April and June’s internationals against New Zealand, the AFF Women’s Championships 2022 in July and a host of training camps.

Speaking of the squad selection, Blayney said: “As we anticipated when we named the extended squad, selecting the final 21-players has been made extremely difficult due to the quality of play and application displayed by the playing group.”

“While it is a young final squad that we have selected, it is a talented squad with a mix of high technical ability, ever increasing tactical maturity and the heart and desire that are indicative of Australian teams.  This is a squad that has the opportunity to demonstrate their quality on the global stage.”

“Over the course of our preparations we have called in over 85 players and every player called in has assisted us in getting to this moment and made my task challenging.  I want to thank each player that has represented the U20s since 2020 as they have played a vital part in our road to Costa Rica.”

“Having been on this journey together since March, this is a unified squad of players and staff who are committed and enthusiastic about representing our nation to the best of their ability.  There is a togetherness that will be invaluable for us in this tournament against some world class nations in our group.”

The Young Matildas will feature in the sixteen nation FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup™ for the first time since 2006 and have been drawn into Group A with Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain.  The top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the knockout stages, commencing on 20 August 2022.

Australia will open their tournament against hosts Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional, San Jose on Thursday, 11 August at 12.00pm AEST.  Captaining the side during the tournament will be Western Sydney Wanderers’ Sheridan Gallagher, with the 20-year-old acknowledged for her performances on the pitch and leadership off the pitch.

“Sheridan is one of our most hardworking players,” Blayney said. “In terms of how she conducts herself around the group, she is extremely supportive of all the players and the girls know that.  That is who you want in your corner when things are difficult.”

“The other part of Sheridan Gallagher is that she never takes a backward step and that is the epitome of us as a team.”

With the World Cup squad finalised, Australia will now depart for Costa Rica on 1 August with a final tune up against Colombia on 5 August.

All of Australia’s matches for the tournament will be shown live, free and in HD on SBS and SBS On Demand with a full studio broadcast.


#NamePositionClubJunior Club / Member Fed
1Sally JAMESGoalkeeperBlacktown SpartansMajura FC / Capital Football
2Charlize RULEForwardSydney Olympic FCQueens Park / Football NSW
3Naomi CHINNAMADefenderBlacktown Spartans on loan from Melbourne City FCNTC Victoria / Football Victoria
4Ella TONKINDefenderNorthern TigersRaiders FC / Football SA
5Jamilla RANKINDefenderBlacktown SpartansEureka FC / Northern NSW Football
6Sarah HUNTERMidfielderAPIA Leichhardt on loan from Sydney FCNorthbridge FC / Football NSW
7Bryleeh HENRYForwardBlacktown SpartansPenrith FC / Football NSW
8Hana LOWRYMidfielderBlacktown Spartans on loan from Perth GloryCockburn City SC / Football West
9Cushla RUEForwardSydney University FCWestern Mariners/ Football NSW
10Daniela GALICMidfielderFootball NSW InstituteLidcombe Waratahs / Football NSW
11Kahli JOHNSONForwardManly United FCManly United/ Football NSW
12Miranda TEMPLEMANGoalkeeperFV Emerging MatildasMelville City FC / Football West
13Jynaya DOS SANTOSForwardFootball NSW InstituteShellharbour Junior Football Club / Football NSW
14Paige ZOISMidfielderBulleen Lions on loan from Melbourne VictoryNorthcote FC / Football Victoria
15Alexia APOSTOLAKISDefenderFootball NSW InstituteForest Rangers/ Football NSW
16Jessika NASHDefenderBlacktown SpartansDoonside Hawks / Football NSW
17Sheridan GALLAGHERForwardIllawarra StingraysIllawarra Stingrays / Football NSW
18Chloe LINCOLNGoalkeeperCanberra United AcademyThe Armidale School / Capital Football
19Greta KRASZULAMidfielder / DefenderVCU AthleticsNWS Koalas / Football NSW
20Kirsty FENTONDefenderNWS KoalasToronto Awaba / Northern NSW Football
21Abbey LEMONForwardBlacktown SpartansBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW


Costa Rica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2022 (local)/ Thursday, 11 August 2022 (AEST)
Venue: Estadio Nacional, San Jose
Kick-Off: 8:00 pm CST (local)/ 12:00pm (AEST)
Broadcast: SBS and SBS On Demand

Brazil v Australia
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022 (local)/ Sunday, 14 August 2022 (AEST)
Venue: Morera Soto, Alajuela
Kick-Off: 2:00 pm CST (local)/ 6:00am (AEST)
Broadcast: SBS and SBS On Demand

Australia v Spain
Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022 (local)/ Wednesday, 17 August 2022 (AEST)
Venue: Morera Soto, Alajuela
Kick-Off: 8:00 pm CST (local)/ 12:00pm (AEST)
Broadcast: SBS and SBS On Demand


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