“We have managed to get the team quite often this year, gives us more contact with the players and this meet will be a great opportunity to showcase Australian football, she said.

"Our target is to win the group and go forward from there,” said Blayney.

The Young Matildas have never failed to make it out of their group, with their lowest finish being fourth at the tournament in 2016.

There are 10 teams taking part in this year’s tournament. The last time 10 teams took part was back in 2013 and will mark the first-ever participation of Cambodia.

That was the first year Australia sent their U20's squad but also their second appearance in the tournament after a long time out from the AFF Women's Championships.

Originally, the Matildas were sent over, with the team winning the tournament in 2008 but after a break in appearances, it was decided that the Young Matildas would be sent over.

The AFF Women's Championships is effectively an open age tournament and they want to give the Young Matildas experience as they rarely get competition match time.

There will be two over 20's players; Larissa Crummer and Cortnee Vine, so they can get more game time.


Malaysia v Young Matildas
Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEST)

Stream match at https://mycujoo.tv/video/pssi-tv