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Matildas Abroad

Ever since Australia and New Zealand secured the 2023 Women’s World Cup hosting rights, there has been a flurry of Matildas signing with European clubs.

Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter poses in front of the Olympique Lyonnais emblem. She is holding up a shirt which reads 'Carpenter'. Image: @CarpenterEllie
The Matildas’ Ellie Carpenter has signed with French club Olympique Lyonnais. Image: @CarpenterEllie

After Matildas’ captain Sam Kerr made the big move to Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League last November, she has been joined by six of her current national teammates; with perhaps more to come.

London rivals Arsenal now boast three Australians in their ranks with Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams. 

Hayley Raso has joined Everton, while Chloe Logarzo and Mackenzie Arnold have joined Bristol City and West Ham United respectively.

Perhaps the most significant recent signing was Ellie Carpenter’s move to French giants Olympique Lyonnais. Lyon are arguably the most successful women’s football team in the world, including some 14 league titles in the Division 1 Féminine and a record six UEFA Women’s Champions League titles. Make no mistake, this is huge news.

Equally important is the recent announcement by UEFA that they will allow each competing Champions League club to register six new players for the quarter finals onwards. This will open the door for Foord, Catley, Williams and Carpenter to play Champions League football when the competition resumes next month.

With so many Aussies carving out a space for themselves in the European football landscape, we thought we would put this handy list together.

Current Matildas Squad (Olympic Qualifiers, March 2020) 

Goalkeepers

Mackenzie Arnold – West Ham United (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 25/2/1994 | Instagram

Tegan Micah – Arna-Bjørnar (Toppserien, Norway)
DOB: 20/10/1997 | Instagram

Lydia Williams – Arsenal (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 13/5/1988 | Instagram

Defenders

Ellie Carpenter – Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine, France)
DOB: 28/4/2000 | Instagram

Steph Catley – Arsenal (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 26/1/1994 | Instagram

Alanna Kennedy – Orlando Pride (NWSL, USA)
DOB: 21/1/1995 | Instagram

Jenna McCormick – Real Betis Féminas (Primera Division, Spain)
DOB: 7/9/1994 | Instagram

Clare Polkinghorne – Avaldsnes IL (Toppserien, Norway)
DOB: 1/2/1989 | Instagram

Gema Simon – Newcastle Jets (W-League, Australia)
DOB: 19/7/90 | Instagram

Related – As One: why Australia and New Zealand’s 2023 World Cup bid matters

Midfielders

Katrina Gorry – Avaldsnes IL (Toppserien, Norway)
DOB: 13/8/1992 | Instagram

Elise Kellond-Knight – Kristianstads DFF (Damallsvenskan, Sweden)
DOB: 10/8/1990 | Instagram
*Kellond-Knight has recently suffered a season-ending ACL injury

Chloe Logarzo – Bristol City (FAWSL, England)
DOB: 22/12/1994 | Instagram

Aivi Luik – Melbourne City (W-League, Australia)
DOB: 18/3/1985 | Instagram

Karly Roestbakken – LSK Kvinner (Toppserien, Norway)
DOB: 17/1/2001 | Instagram

Tameka Yallop – Klepp IL (Toppserien, Norway)
DOB: 16/6/1991 | Instagram

Emily van Egmond – Orlando Pride (NWSL, USA)
DOB: 12/7/1993 | Instagram

Forwards

Caitlin Foord – Arsenal (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 11/11/1994 | Instagram

Emily Gielnik – Vittsjö GIK (Damallsvenskan, Sweden)
DOB: 13/5/1992 | Instagram

Sam Kerr – Chelsea (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 10/9/1993 | Instagram

Hayley Raso – Everton (FA WSL, England)
DOB: 5/9/1994 | Instagram

Kyah Simon – PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie Vrouwen, Netherlands)
DOB: 25/6/1991 | Instagram

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Other Aussies Abroad: 

Angie Beard  – KR Reykjavík (Úrvalsdeild Kvenna, Iceland)
Defender | DOB: 16/8/1997 | Instagram

Laura Brock (nee Alleway) – Guingamp (Division 1 Féminine, France)
Defender | DOB: 28/11/1989 | Instagram

Emma Checker – FC Fleury 91 (Division 1 Féminine, France)
Defender | 11/3/1996 | Instagram

Alex Chidiac – Atlético Madrid (Primera Division, Spain)
Midfielder | DOB: 15/1/1999 | Instagram

Aoife Colvill – Glasgow City (Scottish WPL)
Forward | DOB: 26/12/2000 | Instagram

Isabel Dalton – Napoli (Serie A, Italy)
Defender | DOB: 9/9/1997 | Twitter

Mary Fowler – Montpellier (Division 1 Féminine, France)
Forward | DOB: 14/2/2003 | Instagram

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi – West Ham United (FA WSL, England)
Forward | DOB: 6/6/2001 | Instagram

Alexandra Gummer – BSC Young Boys (Nationalliga A, Switzerland)
Defender | DOB: 10/9/1992 | Instagram

Amy Harrison – PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie Vrouwen, Netherlands)
Midfielder | DOB: 21/4/1996 | Instagram

Laura Hughes – Throttur (Úrvalsdeild Kvenna, Iceland)
Midfielder | DOB: 6/6/2001 | Instagram

Ella Mastrantonio – Bristol City (FA WSL, England)
Midfielder | DOB: 22/1/1992 | Instagram

Nikola Orgill – Kolbtn (Toppserien, Norway)
Defender | DOB: 19/3/1993 | Instagram

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