Mariner, Matilda, ALL STAR! Kyah Simon selected to face Arsenal

Joe Montemurro has announced his star-studded A-League All Stars Women Squad, including Mariners icon Kyah Simon.

The team, headlined by 11 internationals, including 8 CommBank Matildas, will take on English WSL giants Arsenal in the inaugural A-League Women’s All Star match in Melbourne on Friday 24th May.


Simon has made the 19-player squad after returning from injury this season with the Mariners, featuring in the final seven league matches and three finals games for Emily Husband’s team.

For the A-League all stars, Simon will link back up with Husband who was selected alongside Western’s Kat Smith to assist former A-League Championship winning coach Joe Montemurro for the match against Arsenal.

Montemurro, who enjoyed success with both Melbourne clubs between 2014 and 2017 before moving on to Arsenal and Juventus, said:

“The quality across the Liberty A-League Women is undeniable. The league has been a proven pathway for CommBank Matildas for many years, and more and more we’re seeing current Matildas and other internationals feature across the league.

“Within this squad we will have 11 internationals and it’s a squad that has a great mix of
experience, quality and flair that I think will excite the fans, show the best of the league and
most of all give Arsenal Women FC a real challenge.”

Players and fans believe Global Football Week could recreate an atmosphere to be likened to the iconic 2023 World Cup and Montemurro can’t wait.

“I can’t wait to work with this squad and the incredible coaches, and see the Australian football
fans create an incredible atmosphere at Marvel Stadium for what will be an amazing showcase of world class football,” he said.

A-Leagues Commissioner Nick Garcia also commented, saying:

“What an incredible A-League All Stars Women squad – the very first in our history. It’s packed with quality from across our league and I can’t wait for this match in Melbourne to cap off an historic 12 months for women’s football in Australia and New Zealand.”

“We look forward to seeing them continue to inspire the next generation of female footballers and fans as they take on a giant of world football.” Garcia said.

The A-League All Stars Women team is set to assemble in Melbourne on Saturday 18 May with
an open training session for fans to be held on Thursday 23 May at AAMI Park with tickets
available now for $10 via

Global Football Week Melbourne will be telecast in Australia live and free on 10 Bold and
streamed exclusively on 10 Play and Paramount+.

Fans can purchase their tickets to the A-Leagues All Stars double-header on May 24 here.
For more information on the A-Leagues head to

Wednesday 22 May,
Tottenham Hotspur FC vs
Newcastle United FC
7:45pm AEST at the MCG
Friday 24 May, 2024 A-League All Stars Men vs
Newcastle United FC
5:15pm AEST at Marvel Stadium
Friday 24 May, 2024A-League All Stars Women
vs Arsenal Women FC
8:05pm AEST at Marvel Stadium
Global Football Week Melbourne