Matildas lock down coach with contract extension

Ante Milicic Matildas
A big boost for the green and gold ahead of the World Cup

Matildas coach Ante Milicic has signed a one-year contract extension with Australia's women's national team ensuring his presence until after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Milicic was brought in to replace previous coach Alen Stajcic, who was sacked in controversial circumstances earlier this year for confidential reasons.

While his arrival wasn't under the best circumstances, Milicic helped guide the Matildas to the inaugural Cup of Nations and is delighted to extend his stay in charge beyond the upcoming Women's World Cup. 

"There is no greater privilege than leading an Australian national team so I am honoured to serve the Westfield Matildas for a further 12 months,” Milicic said.

"The continuity this will foster can only benefit the belief and preparation leading into the Women’s World Cup campaign in France, but more importantly I think it demonstrates the deep belief that I have in this special group of players.

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"Personally, I want to join the players on this journey. I know that I can help them achieve something special for themselves not only individually, but for this team and for Australian football."

The Matildas World Cup squad is set to be announced next week by Milicic ahead of a camp in Turkey and a final friendly against Netherlands

Australia's World Cup campaign kicks off in France on June 9 against Italy before subsequent group games against Brazil and Jamaica.