Countdown to the Women's World Cup: 4 days to go

The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ is only four more sleeps away, as the teams brush up on their final tactics and prepare for perhaps the biggest moments of their lives.

The opening fixture will see hosts France take on Korea Republic at 9.00pm local time on Friday 7 June (Saturday 8 June, 5.00am AEST), with the Matildas in action for the first time when they face Italy in Valenciennes on Sunday 9 June at 1.00pm local time (9.00pm AEST). is running a series of features counting down the days until the Matildas begin their World Cup journey, continuing today with No.4...


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The number four holds a special place in Matildas folklore, attached to a select few players who have been part of four FIFA Women's World Cups.

Currently that honour is reserved for Cheryl Salisbury and Melissa Barbieri, however, three more players are set to join the club in France 2019: Lisa De Vanna, Clare Polkinghorne and Lydia Williams.

All three have been consummate professionals for their clubs and the national team, and one gets the feeling France 2019might not be their final swansong. 

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Clare Polkinghorne has played over 100 times for Australia

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FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches

Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)

Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)

Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)

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