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Aug 01, 2022   |  10:48AM AET

Gallagher named Australia’s captain at FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COSTA RICA 2022™

Gallagher named Australia’s captain at FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COSTA RICA 2022™

Wanderer Sheridan Gallagher has been named Australia’s captain at the upcoming FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Young Matildas will feature in the sixteen-nation FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup™ for the first time since 2006 and have been drawn into Group A with Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain. 

The top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the knockout stages, commencing on 20 August 2022. 

Australia will open their tournament against hosts Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional, San Jose on Thursday, 11 August at 12.00 pm AEST. 

Captaining the side during the tournament will be Western Sydney Wanderers’ Sheridan Gallagher, with the 20-year-old acknowledged for her performances on the pitch and leadership off the pitch.  

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 15: Sheridan Gallagher of the Wanderers controls the ball during the A-League Women’s match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United at Blacktown International Sportspark, on February 15, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

“Sheridan is one of our most hardworking players,” Blayney said.

“In terms of how she conducts herself around the group, she is extremely supportive of all the players and the girls know that.  That is who you want in your corner when things are difficult.” 

“The other part of Sheridan Gallagher is that she never takes a backward step and that is the epitome of us as a team.”   

With the World Cup squad finalised, Australia will now depart for Costa Rica on 1 August with a final tune-up against Colombia on 5 August.    

All of Australia’s matches for the tournament will be shown live, free and in HD on SBS and SBS On Demand with a full studio broadcast.