Tony Gustavsson is the Head Coach of the Australian Women’s National Football Team – the CommBank Matildas.
Tony has enjoyed a long and successful 21-year coaching career in both women’s and men’s football, having led a collection of clubs in his homeland Sweden, in addition to having played a significant role in winning the FIFA World Cup™ twice and an Olympic Gold Medal with the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT).
Tony has the skills and the mindset to create a winning mentality in players and teams, which he has proven in all his previous engagements.
In September 2020, Tony took the role of Head Coach of the CommBank Matildas. Tony has led a team filled with talented players and extremely high expectations on an incredible journey of growth – navigating low’s and high’s that culminated in the team’s incredible performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2023™ with a fourth placed finish.
In the CommBank Matildas he is working with a dynamic group of players, with a desire to create a winning environment, that doesn’t accept anything else than to constantly improve their performances. Currently Tony is preparing the team for the upcoming challenge of competing at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Football, family and fika are Tony’s three loves and when he is away from the pitch he is spending quality time with his partner, parents, sister and two children.
“Just belief, I think you can see his personality is very upbeat, but the biggest thing is belief. He’s really instilled that belief that we can do it and we can beat any team and play the way we want to play and I think you’ve seen that we’ve played every game, how we play, we haven’t changed for anyone and that gives us massive belief”– Sam Kerr, Captain of The Matilda's
“He’s so passionate and he loves this team like his family. I’ve never seen anything like it from a coach, he genuinely feels everything that we feel. I can’t speak highly enough of him, he’s been incredible. He’s led us brilliantly, led us bravely and just believed in us from the very beginning.”– Steph Catley, The Matilda's Vice Captain
”He has meant a lot to me. We had fantastic years in Tyresö. The last few months were really tough (financial problems in the club). Our goal was to make it to the Champions League Final together and despite all the turbulence in the club we managed to reach the final. He was very important for that. He is one of the best coaches I have ever had.”– Caroline Seger, Tyreso FF
“Tony is fantastic! I feel I learn new things from him all the time. Having been in the na tional team for the last three years and having him as a coach has made me develop so much. He looks at Football in a special way and it’s impressive. The things he teaches are just, WOW ! It is very useful to have a different perspective because sometimes you see things in your own way and then he comes and has a different way of looking at it. He is amazing!”– Rose Lavelle, United States Women's National Team