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Australia's Lydia Williams proud of indigenous roots in a land far away

Australia goalkeeper Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams
Since her debut in 2005, Lydia Williams has won 52 caps for Australia.

On May 26, as Australia observes the 18th National Sorry Day to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population, Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams will wake up on the other side of the world, some 20,000 kilometres from Katanning, the Western Australian town where she was born.

The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the best female goalkeepers in world football and played an integral part in the Matildas progression to their first Olympic appearance in 12 years, but she...

Matildas millennial Ellie Carpenter chasing Rio Olympics spot

Ellie Carpenter
Ellie Carpenter became the first millennial to appear for either of Australia's senior national teams.

Record-breaking Matildas teenager Ellie Carpenter has improved so much coach Alen Stajcic says she's lapped her teammates as she jostles for an unlikely ticket to Rio.

Completely unknown prior to signing for Western Sydney last year, 16-year-old Carpenter's stunning rise in women's football continues after being named in a 20-player Matildas squad for two upcoming Olympic warm-up clashes against New Zealand.

Originally from Cowra in regional NSW, the gifted young athlete played every minute for...

Matildas begin Olympic preparations with Alen Stajcic contract extension

Alen Stajcic
Alen Stajcic guided Australia to the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals in Canada.

Successful Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has secured a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The deal was revealed as Stajcic named a strong 20-player squad for the Matildas' final two warm-up matches before the Rio Olympics.

Overseas-based stars Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyah Simon, Emily van Egmond and Lydia Williams are among big names who will fly home for the clashes against New Zealand in Ballarat (June 4) and Melbourne (June...

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Maracana to host 2016 Men's and Women's Olympic Football finals

The legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro will host both the men's and women's Olympic finals.

The Maracana in Rio de Janeiro has been chosen to host both the men's and women's 2016 Olympic Football final matches next summer.

The tournament will open in Rio as well, with the first group match of the women's competition kicking off on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. local time. The men's side of the competition begins on Thursday, Aug. 4 in Brasilia.

The rest of the group stage and elimination matches will be played in seven other stadiums across the country including Belo Horizonte, the...