The Matildas are leading the way in Australian football

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With the FIFA Women’s World Cup coming to Australia in 2023, it’s the perfect chance to acknowledge the presence the Matildas have on the world stage. Despite the magnitude of the men’s game throughout the globe, the women from down under are the ones carrying our flag.

When you have Sam Kerr’s backflips promoting the biggest sporting brand in the world alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe, that is when you know we mean business. Kerr’s backflips are as iconic as Tim Cahill’s corner flag punch.

From English top flight winners to European champions league winners, Australians are dominating the biggest sport in the world. And as Australians, we could not be anymore prouder of the efforts and success they are having across the globe.

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With names such as Kerr, Ellie Carpenter, Caitlin Foord and many more gracing clubs such as Chelsea FC, Olympique Lyon Feminine and Arsenal FC, you start to wonder who will take on the world next from the land down under.

And with the Olympics in 2021 and the World Cup in 2023, Australian football will be on display for the world to see.

Amongst all the success of the Matildas on the big stage and with their clubs around the world, somewhere along the line you have to ask yourself, where are our Socceroos?

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Gone are the days where we are waiting for another Cahill header, the upfront partnership between Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell tearing it up for Leeds and on the international stage.

We have slowly come into an era where we have to search more than five to ten years to dig out highlights from our Socceroos legends.

Although we have our men’s players circling the world throughout England, Europe or Asia, why is their presence not felt anywhere near our women’s magnitude?

Do not get me wrong, the men around the world are doing a heck of a job. They just do not seem to have the impact our women are having amongst the top clubs around the world.

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It is never easy to play at the highest level, regardless of whether you are fighting for relegation in the Premier League or whether you are in the Chinese Super League. But the heights of these players seem to be far more limited.

Where do we look for that? How do our Socceroos get to the heights of our Matildas in world football domination?

We could go into the argument of whether it has anything to do with the money or facilities in Australian men’s clubs compared to the football giants in Europe, however the women face the same problems.

When you have a national team that is ranked seventh in the world and the other coming in at 41st, that is when you know who you want leading the way.

Feature Photo Credit: Rachel Bach.

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Rory O'Connor
23 year old student at the University of Canberra studying Sports Media.
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