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Australia to face Chile twice at home in prep for Women's World Cup

The Australian national women's soccer team will return to action on home soil in November with matches against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle.

The matches against the world No. 39 and recent Copa America runners-up have been arranged to help the Matildas prepare for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup.

Aside from Brazil, it's been more than 20 years since Australia faced South American opposition and coach Alen Stajcic was keen to end that run.

"We haven't had a lot of experience playing against...

Australia international Hayley Raso suffers back fracture in NWSL

Matildas star Hayley Raso could miss a mooted friendly showdown with England after fracturing her back in a National Women's Soccer League game.

Raso was hospitalised after colliding with Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe as her Portland Thorns prevailed 1-0 in their NWSL fixture at the weekend.

The 23-year-old attacker, who plays for Brisbane Roar in the W-League, was taken from the field on a stretcher in seemingly severe pain.

The Thorns have confirmed Raso suffered a "non-displaced...

FIFA backs governance reforms for Football Federation Australia, Steven Lowy set to exit

A new dawn in Australian football is beckoning after proposed governance reforms were rubber-stamped by FIFA, sounding the death knell for outgoing Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy and his board.

And proponents for radical change are increasingly confident they will get their way at a special general meeting of FFA next month without the need for further intervention from the global body.

As expected, FIFA has endorsed the recommendations of the eight-member congress review working...

Independent A-League, 29-member congress among CRWG recommendations

The A-League would be spun off from Football Federation Australia (FFA) and run independently in time for the 2019-20 season under a proposal by a FIFA-backed working group.

The 100-page report from the congress review working group (CRWG) was made public on Tuesday after its submission to FIFA last week.

It is expected to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of FIFA's member associations committee on Aug. 20 and then put to a vote at an FFA extraordinary general meeting in mid-September.

If the vote...