FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

7 June - 7 July

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Milicic named Matildas coach

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  • Ante Milicic to lead Australia at France 2019
  • Extensive international experience as an assistant
  • Australia to host upcoming four-nation Cup of Nations

Former international striker Ante Milicic has been named as Australia coach for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France.

Milicic, who has never previously been involved in women’s football or had a senior coaching role, boasts extensive experience as an assistant coach.

The 44-year-old was an assistant for the Socceroos at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups™. He also held the role during the Green and Gold's successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign on home soil, and also with Western Sydney Wanderers, when they won the AFC Champions League in 2014.

The Sydneysider earned six international caps for Australia scoring five goals, and also featured prominently at the 1993 FIFA U-20 World Cup, finishing as joint-top scorer.

Milicic was appointed in the wake of Alen Stajcic’s unexpected departure last month.

His first task will be the Cup of Nations which commences next week as Australia hosts Argentina, Korea Republic and New Zealand.

Australia will face Italy, Brazil, and Jamaica in Group C at France 2019.

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