The Junior Tillies nomination comes immediately after the side’s landmark 12-day tour of the Pacific Islands in the lead-up to their AFC U/16 Championships in September.

The side have been involved in numerous neighborhood meetings and proved a huge hit through their time in Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, stated the Junior Matildas have been brilliant ambassadors.

“Sport brings persons – and nations – with each other. We are proud to have supported the Junior Matildas ‘Pacific Step Up’ tour of Tonga, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. These young Australians are great ambassadors and prospective future diplomats,” she stated.

“They have inspired their peers across the area with their sporting prowess, friendship and positivity.

“We will continue to construct on these great relationships, such as via sport, with our Pacific neighbours.”

FFA chairman Chris Nikou stated the tour was about additional than just football.

“Through its international applications, FFA has a sturdy track record of championing ladies and girls becoming involved as leaders and participants in football,” he stated.

“The Pacific Step Up was a considerable undertaking – and what was delivered was far additional than just 3 football matches.”


Matildas to face Chile near full strength

Matildas coach Ante Milicic has selected 18 members of his World Cup squad for Australia’s two internationals against Chile in November.

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