The Women’s Asian Cup kicked off in Jordan on Saturday and the Matildas are one of the favourites going in but who will make the difference for the green and gold?

It’s no secret that the Australian women’s team are on a high at the moment after claiming a string of great results against Brazil and Japan but where has all this success come from?

We decided to take a look at the shining stars leading the Matildas revival ahead of the sides opening Asian Cup clash against South Korea on Sunday Morning.

Mackenzie Arnold – Brisbane Roar / Arna-Bjornar

A mainstay in the Matildas squad since 2012 Arnold has been one of the best goalkeepers Australia has seen claiming two Golden Glove awards in the W-League and at the youthful age of 24 the shot-stopper has plenty more to give.

Her heroic efforts earned Arnold a move to Norwegian Toppserien side Arna-Bjornar and the gloves-woman will be in fine form leading into the cup.

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Clare Polkinghorne – Brisbane Roar

Co-captain fantastic Polkinghorne has been an integral part of the Australian setup since 2006 claiming a string of W-League titles and two Asian Cups while earning over 100 caps for the green and gold.

The veteran defender will be key once again in shutting down some of the potent attacking threats the Matildas may face throughout the tournament.

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Ellie Carpenter – Canberra United / Portland Thorns FC

From veteran to rising star Carpenter has laid down the foundations for what could be a meteoric rise in the women’s footballing world having been the youngest debutant for the Matildas (15-years old) to taking out the NAB young footballer of the year and now moving on to NWSL champions Portland Thorns in the United States.

Watch out for the Cowra native’s explosive pace and skill on the ball as she looks to take on some of the worlds best in the coming weeks.

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Emily van Egmond – Newcastle Jets / Orlando Pride

Moving into the midfield now van Egmond was one of the best players to watch in the 2017/18 W-League season utilizing her silky skills and unbelievable eye for a pass to launch the Jets into their first ever finals series.

The uncompromising midfielder has an impressive resume having played with big European clubs Frankfurt and Wolfsburg before moving to the NWSL with the Chicago Red Stars and now Orlando Pride van Egmond will be a key component to unlocking the Matildas opponents.

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Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar / Utah Royals FC

One of the strongest all-round midfielders in the world Gorry was crucial in Brisbane’s brilliant W-League season pulling the strings from the middle of the park and bagging some special goals of her own along the way.

Another relatively young player providing a wealth of experience the midfielder is just 25-years old but feels like the wisest when she steps out on the pitch and takes control of any game.

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Lisa De Vanna – Sydney FC

One of the oldest players in the squad is second co-captain De Vanna at the ripe age of 33-years old and the ruthless forward will hope to bring all of that experience to the table at the upcoming tournament.

Still netting goals in the W-League the Sky Blue scored five goals in the 2017/18 season helping her side to the grand final only to bow out to eventual winners Melbourne City but De Vanna will be desperate to make an impact in what could be one of her last major tournaments.

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Samantha Kerr – Perth Glory / Chicago Red Stars

Last but most definitely not least is the Matilda that needs no introduction.

The Julie Dolan Medalist, two-time Football Media Association Player of the Year, NWSL MVP, Asian Footballer of the Year and most recently Young Australian of the Year has made a huge impact on the enormous growth of the women’s game and it’s not hard to see why.

With the lethal combination of blistering pace, mesmerising skills and prolific finishing Kerr is well on her way to becoming one of the best footballers the world has ever seen and will undoubtedly be the focal point in the Matildas attack throughout the Asian Cup.

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Recent Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Love all things football and can't wait to be part of the growth of the game in Australia. Waiting for the day the FFA come to their senses and hand us an A-League team... but could be waiting a while.