Around the grounds: Matildas unwind after World Cup exit, Sydney FC Grand Final hero joins Kerr in Chicago

Beaches in Nice, FIFA Women's World Cup excitement and the daily National Women's Soccer League grind - no off-season is the same for our Westfield W-League stars.

As we eagerly await the return of Australia's premier division, we thought we'd check in with players around the competition to see what they've been up.

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We start our wrap in Nice, the scene of Australia's heartbreaking World Cup defeat to Norway.

But it appears that Hayley Raso isn't mourning the Matildas' exit from France 2019, as the Brisbane Roar attacker enjoys a well-earned vacation.


It is not clear when the 24-year-old - nor teammates Ellie Carpenter and Caitlin Foord - will return to NWSL club Portland Thorns, according to Mark Parsons, who was in contact with the three Australians earlier this week.

Also basking in the Nice sunshine following World Cup elimination is Melbourne City defender Rebekah Stott.

Stott's New Zealand were knocked out in the group stage after Group E defeats to the Netherlands, Canada and Cameroon.


Back in the French capital, around 1000km north of Raso and Stott's beach-side vacation, are Matildas Lydia Williams, Steph Catley, Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison.

The four Australians recently took in the beauty of the Eiffel Tower. Their NWSL return dates with Reign FC (Williams and Catley) and Washington Spirit (Logarzo and Harrison) are unknown.


It might be holiday time for some but Sydney FC star Savannah McCaskill certainly isn't on the beach - she has been traded to Sam Kerr’s Chicago Red Stars.

The Red Stars acquired the 22-year-old forward from Sky Blue FC – Kerr’s former employers – last week, and she made her club debut in Monday morning's 1-0 loss to Reign FC.

Chicago requires McCaskill to start firing immediately, as they've lost all three matches without scoring in the time Kerr has been at the World Cup - and given coach Rory Dames has given Kerr permission to take 'as long as she needs' before returning.


Kerr's Perth Glory teammate Lexie Moreno was among the stellar Australian support cheering on the Matildas throughout their World Cup campaign.

The rising teenage star caught up with Canberra United defender Karly Roestbakken before Australia's clash with Norway.


And finally, Orlando Pride and Brisbane Roar defender Carson Pickett took time out from her busy NWSL schedule by visiting an animal shelter in Orange County.

Pickett's Orlando were impressive in Sunday morning's 2-1 win over Sky Blue - the club's first win of the season - and they'll be looking to adopt the same approach for Monday's match-up with the Red Stars.