Younis named in CommBank Junior Matildas squad selected for Korea Republic International Series

The CommBank Junior Matildas will continue their preparations for the 2024 AFC U-17 Women’s Asian Cup Round 2 Qualifiers with a two-match international series against Korea Republic.  

The U-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Paju, north of Seoul in Gyeonggi Province for a match on Tuesday, 6 June before backing up three days later for the second match on Friday, 9 June.  Both international friendlies will be played at the Korea Football Association’s National Football Centre.  

Head Coach Rae Dower said this was yet another example of the strong cooperation between the two nations in women’s football with Australia hosting Korea Republic in October 2022.   

“Korea Republic are one of the strongest nations in this age group and we are looking forward to challenging ourselves against one of the best in Asia in this series,” Dower said.  

“We are appreciative of the support from Football Australia and our hosts, the Korea Football Association, for investing in and creating this opportunity for our best young players to continue to learn their craft against quality opposition.” 

“We want to build on the partnership established with Korea Republic, continuing to work together annually to present development opportunities for these players.”

A 22-strong roster for the two-match series has been selected with a majority of the squad featuring in the recent camp at the Australian Institute of Sport earlier this month.  

Dower said it was a chance to see how the hard work put in by the players and staff continues to translate.

“These types of matches are vital to continue to build cohesion as a national team.  There will be some debutants amongst the group, whilst the bulk has been together now since October. On the back of increased investment and several camps together over the past 6 months, we aim to maximise the periods when we do come together,” Dower added.  

“This series will give us a chance to try some different combinations, present first-time opportunities to new players and to see how the players individually and collectively as a team deal with the travel and complexities of playing in Asia.”

Australia have been drawn into Group B, alongside Bangladesh, Vietnam and Philippines for the 2024 AFC U-17 Women’s Asian Cup Round 2 taking place between 16 and 24 September 2023.    

The top two sides from each group will join host nation to join Indonesia, Japan, DPR Korea, and China in the Finals.  



Korea Republic v CommBank Junior Matildas
Date: Tues, 6 June 2023
Time: 3.00pm local / 4.00pm AEST
Venue: National Football Center, Paju


Korea Republic v CommBank Junior Matildas
Date: Fri, 9 June 2023
Time: 10.30am local / 11.30am AEST
Venue: National Football Center, Paju


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