On the opening day of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, the journey of the Australian football team is garnering a lot of attention. The team’s rise to glory has not been easy, considering how once each player had to fundraise individually to play for the national team. This year, Australia is hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 for the first time along with New Zealand. Also, the team is one of the strongest contenders to lift the cup.
This year, the Matildas are to play their first match in the tournament against the Republic of Ireland. They will be taking to the field in Sydney amidst the cheer and roar of over 80000 fans.
Previously, the players in the Australian women’s football team were not provided with training essentials, kits, and even airfares to participate in the national team.
But with prominent names like Sam Kerr in the scene, the Australian team has been recognized as a major force in women’s football. Again, this time, FIFA’s decision to revise the prize money and minimum remuneration for each player has created much speculation around this event this year. As a result, many brands are now eager to collaborate with the Australian Women’s football team.
The hype around the team has also resulted in a massive boost in ticket sales. Football Australia confirms that it has already sold more than one million tickets for all the thirty-five FIFA World Cup matches to be hosted by Australia. So, along with the team, there seems to be a renewed interest in women’s football altogether.
And one more piece of exciting news is coming from Nike this time. Nike says that the Matildas jersey sales have surpassed the jersey sales of the Socceroos or Australian men’s national football team during the 2022 Qatar World Cup. And so many jerseys have been sold even before the women’s team has taken to the field in the tournament.
Things started changing for the Australian women’s football team after they qualified for the 1995 world cup. It was then governed by the Australian Women’s Soccer Association. In a phone poll conducted around that time, the women’s team got its current nickname, Matildas.