Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League - where are they playing?

After the Westfield Matildas play Chile on Tuesday evening, the majority of Ante Milicic’s squad will disperse to all corners of the country to join up with their respective Westfield W-League sides.

Some of the best talent in Australian football will be on show this season, but who’s playing where?

Read on to find out which of our national stars will feature in the Westfield W-League 2019/20 campaign.

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Adelaide United

Sarah Willacy heads into her fifth season with the Reds and will be buoyed by her recent selection in her first-ever Westfield Matildas camp.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper kept four clean sheets last season and has excelled since becoming Adelaide’s number one the season before.

The Reds squad also features Mary Fowler, who has featured four times for the Westfield Matildas.

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Sarah Willacy
Reds keeper Sarah Willacy

Brisbane Roar

Brisbane are shaping as a serious title contender this season with five players from the current Westfield Matildas squad on their books for the 2019/20 Season.

Clare Polkingorne returns to the Roar as both a player and Assistant Coach, and will be joined by Westfield Matildas shot-stopper Mackenzie Arnold who is shaping up for her fourth season at the club.

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New Roar boss Jake Goodship secured the services of Elise Kellond-Knight in the off-season, who returns to the club after her stint at Melbourne City.

Kellond-Knight brings her extensive international experience back to the Roar, having played in three FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso have also re-signed for the Roar and will both be looking to produce strong performances after injury-hampered campaigns last time around.

All up Brisbane boast a potent contingent of Westfield Matildas stars, also including all-action midfielder Tameka Yallop, who will all look to combine to produce a trophy-laden season at the Roar.

Mackenzie Arnold
MacKenzie Arnold will be between the sticks for Roar in 2019/20

Canberra United

Westfield Matildas full-back Karly Roestbakken has the weight of expectation on her shoulders at Canberra as many predict the 18-year-old will fill the boots of Ellie Carpenter this season, who departed the club for Melbourne City.

Roestbakken made her Westfield Matildas debut late in their group stage game against Brazil at June's FIFA Women's World Cup.

She went on to start the following game against Jamaica and feature off the bench against Norway, and will hope to build on those experiences with a stellar campaign at Canberra in the 2019/20 campaign.

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Karly Roestbakken
Karly Roestbakken will be a key player for Canberra United this season

Melbourne City

Melbourne City made an impressive recruitment drive in the off-season, picking up three Westfield Matildas on the way to assembling a fearsome squad.

Emma Checker brings 78 Westfield W-League appearances worth of experience to City having played at Adelaide, Melbourne Victory and Canberra in the past.

Checker arrives to solidify the City defence alongside Westfield Matildas teammate Ellie Carpenter.

The young full-back was Canberra’s most important player last season and the 19-year-old arrives at City with experience beyond her years off the back of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and playing for Portland Thorns in the NWSL.

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As Carpenter and Checker combine in City’s defence, Emily van Egmond joins the club to significantly bolster their midfield.

The 26-year-old Julie Dolan Medalist joins the club after multiple stints at hometown side Newcastle Jets over the years, and will be looking to become a key player in City’s resurgence.

Other players in the City squad with extensive Westfield Matildas experience include goalkeeper Lydia Williams, defender Steph Catley and attacker Kyah Simon.

Van Egmond
Emily van Egmond has swapped Newcastle Jets for Melbourne City in 2019/20

Melbourne Victory

Fresh from making her sparkling Westfield Matildas debut against Chile on Saturday afternoon, Jenna McCormick returns to the Westfield W-League with Melbourne Victory for the 2019/20 campaign.

McCormick has played for Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane and joins the Victory off the back of her decision to dedicate her time to football alone, ending her tenure with the Adelaide Crows in the AFLW.

The decision is paying off so far for McCormick who got her first Westfield Matildas cap on Saturday, and she will be looking to continue her rise to prominence in the national side with a strong showing at Victory this season.

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Jenna McCormick (left) made her Westfield Matildas debut against Chile on Saturday
Jenna McCormick (left) made her Westfield Matildas debut against Chile on Saturday

Sydney FC

The Champions retained their three Westfield Matildas stars for the 2019/20 campaign in Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo.

Foord finished second in the golden boot race last season with 10 goals behind fellow Westfield Matilda Sam Kerr (17), and with Kerr’s departure from the league Foord will be looking to stake her claim as the league’s most lethal forward.

Logarzo was awarded player of the match against Brazil in the Westfield Matildas’ Group C clash with Brazil in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and went on to play for Washington Spirit in the 2019 NWSL campaign, while Kennedy plied her trade in the same competition for Orlando Pride.

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Chloe Logarzo
Sydney FC star Chloe Logarzo

Western Sydney Wanderers

Amy Harrison joins the Wanderers after a seven-season spell at city rivals Sydney FC.

The Westfield Matildas midfielder featured in both the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups and returns to the Westfield W-League after her first season in the NWSL where she played for Washington Spirit.

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