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Australia to host Argentina, South Korea, New Zealand in Women's World Cup warm-up tournament

Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has described the inaugural Cup of Nations as the "perfect" preparation for next year's World Cup.

The Matildas will meet Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand on home soil in late February as part of their build-up to France.

The mini-tournament will feature three double-headers at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and AAMI Park in Melbourne.

"For me it's perfect -- different styles of play," Stajcic said on Tuesday.

It is a major piece of the puzzle...

New Zealand Football chief resigns due to 'bullying' in women's football

Deryck Shaw, New Zealand Football's (NZF) president, has resigned after failing to appropriately deal with a bullying scandal in the national women's team.

In July, 13 players refused to play for the team, forcing Andreas Heraf to resign as head coach and technical director. And an independent panel later concluded that the Austrian had "bullied and harassed" players.

Then NZF chief Andy Martin was also forced to resign and Shaw has now decided to step down. Shaw apologised after...

Ex-New Zealand women's coach Andreas Heraf bullied players, review finds

New Zealand Football (NZF) has issued an apology after an independent review found women players had been "bullied and harassed" by ex-coach Andreas Heraf.

Heraf resigned from his post, having been placed on leave since June when NZF received letters from 13 players who said they would not play for the national team if he remained in charge.

Some of the letters alleged bullying and intimidation by Heraf, who also served as technical director of New Zealand Football.

The independent review,...

Andreas Heraf steps down from New Zealand women's football team role

Rosie White & Andreas Heraf
Rosie White and Andreas Heraf.

Andreas Heraf, the Austrian-born coach of the New Zealand women's football team, has resigned weeks after players decried his tactics and coaching methods in an unprecedented and public mutiny.

Heraf has been on special leave since June when New Zealand Football received letters from 13 members of the national team saying they would not play for New Zealand if he remained in charge. Some of the letters alleged bullying and intimidation by Heraf who was also New Zealand Football's technical director.

In...

 By AAP

New Zealand Football technical director steps down amid bullying claims

The most powerful coach at New Zealand Football has been stood down following a player revolt over his methods.

NZF on Wednesday announced an independent investigation into Andreas Heraf, who doubles as the national women's coach and the country's technical director, overseeing the progress of all national teams.

Experienced Austrian coach Heraf has been placed on "special leave" from his roles until the completion of a review into the environment at the Football Ferns.

Thirteen members the squad...