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Matildas at their strongest for Rio

AAP logoAAP 22/07/2016

The Matildas' Olympic line-up is the strongest national women's side that veteran defender Clare Polkinghorne can remember.

Australia's first Olympic women's football campaign in 12 years will kick-off against Canada on October 3 after a warm-up friendly with Brazil on Sunday.

It's the first game between the countries since the Matildas famously defeated Brazil 1-0 in the round of 16 of last year's Women's World Cup.

On that occasion an 80th minute strike from Kyah Simon got the Matildas over the line and into a quarter-final, which they would lose 1-0 to Japan.

While a win would be great Polkinghorne insists the match will be a chance for plenty of players to push for a Rio starting berth.

"One of our key areas is the depth we've got in the squad," Polkinghorne said.

"We're got 18 to 20 players here ... who can step in at any time and do a job.

"There is real competition for starting spots and I think that continues to help us to push each other and reach higher levels of play."

Defender Alanna Kennedy, who goes to Rio on the back of solid form in the US' National Women's Soccer League, said the Matildas would use the friendly to re-build their confidence.

They last played together in a 1-1 farewell friendly draw against New Zealand in early June, three days after they beat the Football Ferns 2-0.

"We're confident that we'll be able to break down any of the attacks that we come against and that's starting all the way back," Kennedy said.

After playing Canada, the Matildas will face Germany and Zimbabwe in the group stage.

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