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USWNT to face Costa Rica, Haiti and Panama in 2020 Olympic qualifying

New USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski addresses the pressure of coaching the two-time reigning World Cup winners.

The United States women's national team will begin their road to the 2020 Olympics with matches against Costa Rica, Haiti and Panama next January and February in Houston. 

Those three teams join the U.S. in one of two groups for the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be contested Jan. 28-Feb. 9. All three U.S. group games will be played at BBVA Stadium in Houston.

Costa Rica is the highest-ranked U.S. group opponent, currently No. 38 in FIFA's world rankings. Panama...

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Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.

Sam Kerr will lead a strong Matildas squad for their Tokyo Olympics qualifying tune-up games against Chile next month.

Fresh off another record-breaking campaign in the United States' NSWL, Kerr was among 18 members of Australia's World Cup squad selected in coach Ante Milicic's 21-player group for the internationals against the South Americans on Nov. 9 in Sydney and Nov. 12 in Adelaide.

Emma Checker (three caps) and uncapped duo Jenna McCormick and goalkeeper Sarah Willacy have been selected as...

Australia's Matildas take another step in the rise of women's football

Matildas celebrate
Australia's win over North Korea on Monday night guaranteed the Matildas a spot in Rio.

"The future of football is feminine." A famous quote, from an infamous man.

It was one of the more lucid utterings of the now disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in his time at the helm of the World Game, but the 100,000 female players who kick a ball around the parks of Australia are unlikely to have paid it any heed.

Much more inspirational to them is the continuing success of the women's national team.

With visions of the Copacabana just over the horizon, the Matildas will celebrate...

Australia's Matildas qualify for Rio Olympics by beating North Korea

Matildas celebrate
The Matildas will participate in the Olympics for the first time since Athens 2004.

The Australian women's football team qualified for Olympic Games in style with a 2-1 win over old nemesis North Korea in Osaka on Monday, and coach Alen Stajcic says his side are now capable of winning a first-ever medal in Rio.

A fourth win in as many matches in the notoriously tough Asian qualifying region saw the Matildas end a 12-year drought against the side that kept them out of the past two Olympics.

Michelle Heyman and Katrina Gorry scored in each half, either side of a Kim Su Gyong goal...

The Matildas thrash Vietnam to edge closer to Olympic qualification

Kyah Simon
Matildas striker Kyah Simon (17) scored a hat trick as Australia defeated Vietnam 9-0.

It may have been an expected win for the Australian women's football team over Vietnam on Wednesday, but the 9-0 victory margin has provided a massive boost for the Matildas as they continue to chase a ticket to the Rio Olympics.

The Matildas were always in control of their encounter against the outclassed south-east Asians as a Kyah Simon treble helped the Aussies to a 5-0 halftime lead in Osaka.

The Matildas didn't miss a beat, playing with confidence and fluency throughout.

All three substitutes...