Here are three players that are apart of the next generation of world-beating Matildas. 


Do you remember what was on your plate when you were 16? 

I was in the middle of an existential crisis believing dropping maths for drama at school was going to lead me to international stardom. 

And while I wait for Hollywood to carry me into the stars, Mary Fowler has already swept football off its feet. 

She's achieved what young footballers across Australia could only dream of. 

The teenagers exploits for the Illawarra Stingrays and Bankstown City caught the eye of Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic. Since then it's been one wild ride. 

While a spat between Stajcic, the FFA and Fowler's family regarding her training escalated, Fowler decided herself represent Australia. 

Stajcic handed her a debut on the big stage, at 15 against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations.

Ante Milicic echoed the praises of his predecessor, selecting her for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, becoming the youngest player to be selected for the tournament for Australia. 

It's no secret that Fowler has the makings of another Sam Kerr, but there is much to learn before she takes the football world by the scruff of the neck. 


After scoring 15 goals for NTC in Victorian NPL Women in Melbourne in 2017 and goals at the AFC U16 Championships, nothing but the W-League beckoned for Kyra Cooney-Cross.

You wouldn't have thought the pacey attacker had signed her first professional contract in the 2017/18 W-League season. 

She played 12 matches in Victory's side, scoring her first career goal against Newcastle Jets and adding another against Adelaide United. 

Cooney-Cross was rewarded with a nomination for NAB Young Footballer of the Year. 

International triumph loomed for the then 16-year old, and some stellar performances at the AFF Women's Championships in 2018, including three goals, rocketed her to the radar of the Matildas selectors. 

Ante Milicic picked Cooney-Cross as a member of his train-on squad ahead of the World Cup and got her first big strut at the big dance. 

At just 17 watching from the bench and flying back home following the pre-tournament camp, her time in the spotlight in the Matildas isn't far away. 


When Angelique Hristodoulou made her debut for the Western Sydney Wanderers at 15, she knew the footballing world was her oyster. 

In just two and a half years, the daughter of former Sydney Olympic player Eric Hristodoulou has seen her career progress in leaps and bounds. 

Now, the youngster has her eyes set on the Matildas. 

After making eight appearances for the Wanderers in the 2016/17 W-League season, the tenacious full-back made a big step up and captained the Matildas at the 2017 AFC U16 Championships. 

A picture frame moment for Angelique and the Hristodoulou family. 

Her efforts paid dividends and she was selected for the 2018 AFF Women's Championships in which she played two matches on the road to the final. 

The youngster made the cross-city jump to rivals Sydney FC and this seasons played seven matches in the Sky Blues Grand Final triumph. 

The hard work didn't stop there. 

Just when Hristodoulou hit the peak this year, she trekked back down and started all over again, this time at Sydney Olympic. 

With Olympic currently sitting in third in the NSW NPLW, the 17-year old is ready for a big 2019/20 season.

She has stiff competition in the full-back slot in the Matildas, but Hristodoulou has been backing herself for a long time and could be lacing up for the green and gold very soon.