World Cup looms: Australia coach Toni Gustavson believes her side is in the race to finalize their preparations for next year’s Women’s World Cup, but home-field advantage could help propel the team to success.
Australia will co-host the 32-team finals with neighbors New Zealand in July and August, and Gustavson warned against complacency ahead of his team’s latest warm-up matches against Olympic champions Canada on Saturday and Tuesday.
“Everybody talks about ‘it’s almost a year at the World Cup,'” Gustavsson told reporters.
“But we have actually broken down all the FIFA windows and we have five FIFA windows, which means we have 46 days.
“Of those 46 days, 14 days are for travel and recovery. That leaves us with 32 days. Of those 32 days before the World Cup roster is announced, it’s 11 games and 11 pre-games. Sessions are about to take place.
“That gives us 10 proper training sessions; 10 sessions where we can play 11 vs. 11 and work on all the details.
“So we are going to announce a roster soon (before) coming here and preparing for the World Cup.
“So it’s just around the corner. Every minute counts.”
Gustavsson leads her team into games against the Canadiens missing several key players as Ellie Carpenter, Hayley Raso, Steph Catley, Tameka Yallop, Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Ford, and Kyah Simon are all sidelined. was
The Australians have won just eight of the 24 games they have played since Gustavsson’s appointment in 2020, but the Swedish coach called for more support for his side from the country’s sporting community.
“When you believe, it means you can achieve something that exceeds the expectations of the team,” he said.
“And one thing (that) is for sure is that I have this job because I believe in this team, and I know the process we’re in, the players believe in the process, and in this team. believe
“Look at what England did at the Euros, for example, with the home nation backing them. If we believe it, it’s going to be a very interesting World Cup.”