Australia confirm 21-player final squad for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022™

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 JAMES  Goalkeeper  Blacktown SpartansMajura FC / Capital Football  
2Charlize RULEForward Sydney Olympic FCQueens Park / Football NSW
3Naomi CHINNAMA Defender Blacktown Spartans on loan from Melbourne City FCNTC Victoria / Football Victoria 
4Ella TONKIN Defender Northern TigersRaiders FC / Football SA 
5Jamilla RANKIN Defender Blacktown SpartansEureka FC / Northern NSW Football 
6Sarah HUNTER Midfielder APIA Leichhardt on loan from Sydney FCNorthbridge FC / Football NSW 
7Bryleeh HENRYForwardBlacktown SpartansPenrith FC / Football NSW
8Hana LOWRY Midfielder Blacktown Spartans on loan from Perth GloryCockburn City SC / Football West
9Cushla RUE Forward Sydney University FCWestern Mariners/ Football NSW  
10Daniela GALIC Midfielder Football NSW InstituteLidcombe Waratahs / Football NSW 
11Kahli JOHNSONForwardManly United FCManly United/ Football NSW
12Miranda TEMPLEMANGoalkeeper FV Emerging MatildasMelville City FC / Football West
13Jynaya DOS SANTOS Forward Football NSW InstituteShellharbour Junior Football Club / Football NSW 
14Paige ZOIS Midfielder Bulleen Lions on loan from Melbourne VictoryNorthcote FC / Football Victoria 
15Alexia APOSTOLAKIS Defender Football NSW InstituteForest Rangers/ Football NSW 
16Jessika NASH Defender Blacktown SpartansDoonside Hawks / Football NSW 
17Sheridan GALLAGHER Forward Illawarra StingraysIllawarra Stingrays / Football NSW 
18Chloe LINCOLN Goalkeeper Canberra United AcademyThe Armidale School / Capital Football 
19Greta KRASZULAMidfielder / DefenderVCU AthleticsNWS Koalas / Football NSW
20Kirsty FENTONDefenderNWS KoalasToronto Awaba / Northern NSW Football
21Abbey LEMON Forward Blacktown SpartansBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW 

Squad Notes:

  • The average age of the 21 confirmed players at the time of the first game will 18.2 years old, ranging in age from 16 (Alexia Apostolakis and Daniela Galic) to 20 (Sheridan Gallagher).  
  • Australia’s squad comprises of four players born in 2002, eight born in 2003, four born in 2004, two in 2005 and two in 2006. 
  • Australia has played in three previous FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2004 and 2006. 
  • The 21 players represent six Member Federations from Football NSW (12), Capital Football (2), Football Victoria (2), Football West (2), Northern NSW Football (2) and Football South Australia (1). 
  • 17 squad members played match minutes in the 2021/22 A-League Women’s season with all ten A-League Women’s clubs from that season represented: Adelaide United (2), Brisbane Roar (1), Canberra United (1), Melbourne City (2), Melbourne Victory (1), Newcastle Jets (1), Perth Glory (1), Sydney FC (4), Wellington Phoenix (1) and Western Sydney Wanderers (3).
  • The Young Matildas squad has a combined 238 A-League Women’s appearances at an average of 14 appearances per player.
  • Five of Australia’s FIFA U20 Women’s World 2022™ selected squad members were born in regional areas, the remaining 16 born in capital cities. 


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