MELBOURNE: The Australian girls’s football team emerged from Olympic qualifiers against Iran, Philippines and Taiwan with 3 wins, 3 easy sheets and a spotlight reel of 13 goals.
every other encouraging metric turned into the ninety seven,000 fans who flocked to the video games in Perth, months after the Matildas drew big crowds at the house world Cup during their semi-very last run.
With massive demand for tickets, soccer Australia shifted the second qualifier in opposition to the Philippines to the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium and had been rewarded as fifty nine,155 turned up to look at the house facet hammer the Southeast Asians 8-zero.
It was the largest soccer crowd recorded on the nearly six-year-antique venue and a record for an Australian women’s wearing recreation outside of Olympics and the sector Cup.
football Australia (FA) promised the world Cup might deliver a legacy for ladies’s football inside the usa that would be felt long after the tournament, having seen the spark lit via the ladies’s Euros in England.
on the power of Perth, the governing body might be assured the match and the “Matildas effect” have staying electricity.
completing pinnacle of institution A in Asian qualifying, Australia will war Uzbekistan in a -legged playoff in February for a place in subsequent yr’s Paris Olympics.
FA are already thinking about venues for the second one leg at home on Feb. 28.
“we’re going to be seeking out the biggest stadiums to be had for the Matildas to play in,” said FA boss James Johnson.
Topping international pop superstar Taylor swift, who performs a couple of shows on the a hundred,000-seat Melbourne Cricket floor in February, might be past even the Matildas’ pulling strength.
however the crew’s report crowd of seventy five,784 at the sector Cup can be underneath chance if the same venue is to be had.
Captain and striker Sam Kerr slotted 5 dreams inside the qualifiers, such as a hat-trick against the Philippines.
A surprise purpose from Mary Fowler capped off a exciting week for home enthusiasts because the 20-year-antique expertise fired a protracted-variety rocket domestic in opposition to Taiwan.
With modest professional leagues and a consistent talent drain to remote places teams within the US, Europe and England, neighborhood football has lengthy coveted the exposure hogged by using rival Australian rules soccer and rugby league.
however, with Fowler emerging as a goal-scoring successor to the prolific Kerr, football Australia might also experience the future is shiny.
“How am I going to preserve the expectations down on that one now,” Matildas educate Tony Gustavsson instructed newshounds of Fowler.
“whilst she pulls off that goal this night, it’s what we see in education each day. Left foot, proper foot, interior of the foot, laces, clipped balls, anything.