Watch: Westfield Matildas coaches mic'd up during training in Turkey

When you have less than two weeks to prepare for a tournament as big as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Westfield Matildas boss Ante Milicic knows that it is covering all the little details that counts.

From getting the players into peak physical condition, to ensuring every training session is planned to a tee, every moment in camp is crucial before the players head to France.

It’s not a job Milicic can do on his own, which is why he relies on all his support staff inside ‘Camp Matildas’.

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“If you look at the experience we have with the staff, they're very hard working but have a good knowledge as well of the women’s game,” Milicic told www.matildas.com.au.

“We’re working well and those little details are important, because when you get the girls coming into national team camp, you have to realise that, particularly the last four or five weeks, they have been with their clubs where they are getting a different style of playing, different systems, styles, formations.

“So to bring them in quickly, in a short space of time, we have to get back to our playing style and that information is very clear from the coaches.”


The Westfield Matildas coaching staff gave an insight into what goes into every session when they were mic’d up during training in Antalya.

Assistants Ivan Jolic and Gary van Egmond – as well as goalkeeper coach John Gorza – gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they operate to get the best out of the players.

See the full video in the player at the top of the page.

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Westfield Matildas boss Ante Milicic offers some instructions during training

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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