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Aussie prodigy Fowler eyes World Cup minutes

Gema Simon says the whole Matildas squad is looking forward to testing themselves at the World Cup.
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Samantha Mewis scored twice as the U.S. women's national team began its World Cup send-off series with a 3-0 victory over South Africa.
USWNT legend Hope Solo thinks France are the favourites to win this summer's tournament - if they can just cope with the pressure of playing on home soil.

Mary Fowler has always had talent but even she concedes she might be ahead of schedule after making the Matildas' squad for next month's World Cup.

The 16-year-old forward will become Australia's youngest player at a World Cup if she can convince coach Ante Milicic to give her some game time.

In one of her first interviews since bursting onto the scene last year when she debuted for the Matildas as a precocious 15-year-old, Fowler shows the same confidence with her words that she does on the field.

"I...

Australia's Women's World Cup squad: Key players, ones to watch, expected starting XI

ESPN's Julie Foudy breaks down Australia's chances of qualifying from Group C, which includes Italy, Brazil and Jamaica.
USWNT legend Hope Solo thinks France are the favourites to win this summer's tournament - if they can just cope with the pressure of playing on home soil.
ESPN's Julie Foudy joins Golic & Wingo to talk favourites to win the 2019 Women's World Cup and her new podcast Laughter Permitted.

The Matildas have had a tumultuous six months ahead of the upcoming Women's World Cup, a tournament where expectations of the Australian women are running at an all-time high.

When head coach Alen Stajcic was summarily dismissed at the start of the year amid claims of a toxic culture, the set-up looked to be in disarray and the shock victory over World No. 1 the United States to win the 2017 inaugural Tournament of Nations seemed a dim and distant memory.

However, since his appointment to the...

Sam Kerr headlines Australia's Women's World Cup squad

ESPN's Julie Foudy joins Golic & Wingo to talk favourites to win the 2019 Women's World Cup and her new podcast Laughter Permitted.
ESPN's Julie Foudy breaks down Australia's chances of qualifying from Group C, which includes Italy, Brazil and Jamaica.

Ante Milicic has unveiled his 23-woman squad for the World Cup, largely backing proven Matildas talent over potential as he plots Australia's assault on the trophy.

Sam Kerr will lead a richly-experienced Matildas squad in France, with Milicic selecting a squad with more than 1200 international caps under their belt.

Teenage wonder-forward Mary Fowler and uncapped goalkeeper Teagan Micah are the exceptions, with Fowler making the grade ahead of injury-plagued striker Kyah Simon.

Simon lost her battle...

Exclusive: Chris Nikou talks to ESPN about re-engaging Australia's fractured football community

Six months into his role as chairman of Football Federation Australia, Chris Nikou has just completed a country-wide roadshow of community forums and now has a fairly clear picture of just how big the challenge is to unite a fractured football community.

No stranger to the game, Nikou has been part of the football family in various guises for most of his life. Starting his playing days at the local level in Victoria, he worked his way through the ranks eventually holding simultaneous club secretary...