Star WA trio in Aussie squad

Western Australia’s contribution to the rise of women’s football in this country has continued with three of the state’s brightest young stars selected in the Young Matildas squad to compete against China in August.

Western Australia-s contribution to the rise of women-s football in this country has continued with three of the state-s brightest young stars selected in the Young Matildas squad to compete against China in August.

Current Perth Glory W-League and Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) football players Marianna Tabain, Samantha Kerr and Ella Mastrantonio will all pull on the national team shirt again after earlier this year helping the Young Matildas to a clean sweep of their tour through Italy and Indonesia.

Westfield Young Matildas Head Coach, Alen Stajcic, selected his final 23 person squad following a training camp that was held on the Gold Coast last week.

The U19-s Women-s Championships in China will double as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women-s World Cup which will be held in Germany in 2010.

The West Aussie girls have travelled to Sydney to join their team mates and are expected to play a significant role on the tour. The team will travel to Seoul, South Korea, for two warm-up matches before heading the China.

WAIS Head Coach John Gibson is delighted that WA has such a strong representation in the squad and believes it will be another outstanding opportunity for the youngsters to develop their game.

"I am very happy that the girls have been selected for this squad, it will be a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for the players,” Gibson said.

The U-19 Women-s Championship to be held in the Chinese city of Wuhan between 1 - 12 August.

Further information on the AFC U-19 Women's Championships 2009 is available on the AFC's website www.the-afc.com.

MATCH SCHEDULE (FRIENDLIES)

Saturday 25 July Australia v South Korea (international friendly) KFA National Training Centre, Seoul, South Korea Kick off 6.00pm local time (7.00pm AEST)

Monday 27 July Australia v South Korea (international friendly) KFA National Training Centre, Seoul, South Korea Kick off 7.00pm local time (8.00pm AEST)

OFFICIAL MATCH SCHEDULE AFC U-19 Women-s Championships 2009

Saturday 1 August Australia v Japan Hankou Sports Culture Stadium, Wuhan, China Kick off 6.00pm local time (8.00pm AEST)

Monday 3 August Australia v China PR Hankou Sports Culture Stadium, Wuhan, China Kick off 8.30pm local time (10.30pm AEST)

Wednesday 5 August Australia v Chinese Taipei Hankou Xinhua Road Stadium, Wuhan, China Kick off 7.30pm (9.30pm AEST)

Sunday 9 August Semi-finals Hankou Sports Culture Stadium, Wuhan, China Kick off 6.00pm and 9.00pm (8.00pm and 11.00pm AEST)

Wednesday 12 August Final & Playoff for 3rd/4th Hankou Sports Culture Stadium, Wuhan, China Kick off 6.00pm and 9.00pm (8.00pm and 11.00pm AEST)