The FFA’s three-month search for the next Matildas coach has come to an end, with former US women’s national team assistant coach Tony Gustavsson unveiled on Tuesday night.
Gustavsson spent five years as former US coach Jill Ellis’ number two, winning the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, and steps into the Matildas role at a pivotal time for Australian football.
Australia is set to play in four major tournaments in the next four years, including two Olympic Games, the 2022 Asian Cup and the biggest of them all: the 2023 World Cup on home soil.
The 47-year-old Swede heads into the job with a glittering CV.
Gustavsson was lauded for his tactical accumen in his time with the US team, playing a key role in its World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019 as the team shifted from a more physical game to a possesion based one.
That was his second stint with the side, having served as assistant coach under Pia Sundhage when the US team won Olympic gold in 2012. He then spent two years as Tyresö FF’s head coach, guiding the side to the women’s Champions League final in 2014.
He left the US team when Ellis vacated her position last July and is currently a first-team coach for Swedish men’s side Hammarby IF.
He will take over as Matildas coach in November when the squad comes together for a training camp in Europe.