Matildas part ways after six-month campaign

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas part ways with mixed emotions after an evening of celebrations masked an otherwise disappointing finale to their inspiring World Cup perforamnce. 

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FFA, players' union no closer to resolution

A-League boss Damien de Bohun at a press conference.

Sebastian Hassett 6:27 PM   As of Wednesday morning, the collective bargaining agreement between Australia’s professional footballers and the game’s governing body has expired – and shows no signs of being renewed any time soon.

Chelsea great joins Arsenal

Petr Cech played his last game for Chelsea against Sydney FC.

Jeremy Wilson, John Percy 9:43 AM   Petr Cech said he had the "same hunger for success" after his move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal was confirmed Monday.

Wanderers striker off to Greek Super League

Uncertain future: Kerem Bulut.

Australian striker Kerem Bulut has signed a three-year deal with Iraklis, the Greek Super League club announced.

Hiddink steps down as Dutch coach

Guus Hiddink has left the Oranje after his second stint in charge.

7:59 AM   Under-pressure Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink, whose side has struggled in qualifying for Euro 2016, has stepped down, the Dutch soccer federation (KNVB) announced on Monday.

Matildas lose to Japan at World Cup

Heartbreak: Michelle Heyman looks disconsolate after the Matildas lost.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas' Women's World Cup journey has ended in the quarter-finals, beaten by world champions Japan 1-0 in Canada.

Sydney receive 'mouth watering' draw

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13:  Coach Graham Arnold of Sydney looks on after the round 11 A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at Etihad Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has labelled as "mouth watering" the Sky Blues' draw for the A-League next season that has them down for a NSW derby at ANZ Stadium.

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Vargas double as Chile sink Peru

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates his long-range goal.

1:11 PM   Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 on Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Germany, US upset at sharing hotel

German coach Silvia Neid is unimpressed with the hotel arrangements at the women's World Cup.

12:25 PM   Germany coach Silvia Neid has slammed FIFA's decision to make rival teams share the same hotel on the eve of a match as her side prepare for Tuesday's semi-final against the US at the Women's World Cup.

Cech cops vile online abuse after joining Arsenal

Targeted: Petr Cech.

Danielle Rendina 8:42 AM   Czech international Petr Cech has signed a four-year-deal with English Premier League Club Arsenal worth about £10m ($20 million), drawing a line under an impressive 11-year career with cross-town rivals Chelsea.

A-League fixture 2015/16

2014/15 champions: The Victory celebrate their grand final win.

A round-by-round look at the 2015/16 A-League season. All times AEST.

Victory to start title defence in Adelaide

FFA chief David Gallop.

Melbourne Victory will kick off their A-League championship defence against Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval.

Langerak on the cusp of Stuttgart deal

Bound for Stuttgart? Mitch Langerak.

Sebastian Hassett   Mitchell Langerak appears set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with a deal to join fellow Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart reportedly on the brink of being completed.

Spanish league appeals 2022 World Cup dates

World Cup trophy.

The Spanish soccer league is challenging FIFA's decision to switch the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November-December.

Where to now for the Matildas?

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Dominic Bossi   Australia's World Cup campaign showed how far they have come, but also how far they still need to go to become a major player in world football.

A-League 2015-16 fixtures go back-to-basics

One more to go: Graham Arnold and Alex Brosque front the media on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett   Experimental matches at ANZ Stadium and Geelong, a Thursday night start, football on Christmas Eve and Asian Champions League-friendly fixturing are some of the talking points of next season's A-League draw, due to be released on Monday morning.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic admits Australia were outclassed by Japan

Australian coach Alen Stajcic speaks during the team's press conference  in Edmonton, Canada on June 26, 2015. Australia is set to take on Japan in their quarter final match Saturday.  AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS

Dominic Bossi   Matildas coach Alen Stajcic says his players were heartbroken after losing in the quarter-final to Japan but admits his side was outplayed by the world champions.

Paraguay down Brazil after penalty shootout

Paraguay celebrates

Derlis Gonzalez slotted two penalties, one in regular time and again in the shootout, to help Paraguay beat Brazil 4-3 after a 1-1 draw on Saturday that advanced them to a Copa America semi-final against Argentina.

Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan's hunger runs deep

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan,who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League and the Australia national team as a goalkeeper.
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Daniel Lane   Ryan says his strict views on how he treated his body – and mind – as an investment in his future were galvanized by the time he spent in the Socceroos camp with Mark Schwarzer.

Live Women's World Cup 2015: Australian Matildas v Japan

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Matt Bungard   The Matildas have been knocked out of the World Cup by Japan. This is how the match unfolded.

Tony Abbott makes second public football gaffe

Tony Abbott

Ben Chenoweth   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has entered the sporting blunder history books for a second time.

Matildas' heroics to inspire a new generation

Committed: Helen Curl with the under-14's.

Sebastian Hassett   If everything goes to plan for Bethany Curl and Bianca Samperi by 2023, they'll be well-paid professional footballers, regularly appearing on mainstream television and key members of a Matildas squad heading to the Women's World Cup on Australian soil as competition favourites.

Spectre of defeat haunts American women's football team

Attacking game: American Carli Lloyd  battles with Li Jiayue.

Steven Goff   The prospects of World Cup failure had tailed the US women's soccer team around Canada like a ghost for three weeks. The Americans had not lost any games but hadn't looked good in advancing either.

How the Matildas' deeds can unlock soccer's female potential

On the ball: Servet Uzunlar tries to intercept a pass by Katrina Gorry in training.

Sebastian Hassett   Such has been the momentum generated by Australia's performance in the Women's World Cup, where interest in the Matildas campaign for glory has grown from niche to nationwide, it's hard not to think of it as a watershed moment. Suddenly, there may be no going back.

Matildas putting off pay talks until after World Cup

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 08:  Katrina Gorry #19 of Australia against the United States of America during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between the United States and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas are ignoring the brewing pay dispute betwene their player's union and the Football Federation of Australia and will put off talks of remuneration deals until they return to Australia. 

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The Matildas sacrifice everything for World Cup glory

The Matildas' win over footballing powerhouse Brazil came as no surprise to those in the side.

Dominic Bossi   They've given up jobs, studies, homes and relationships for one simple goal.

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FIFA official denied bail in US extradition fight

Raided: FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Hugo Miller   A Swiss court denied a request by a FIFA official arrested in Zurich last month to be released pending his extradition to the US because he is considered a flight risk.

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