This article was first written for and published by The Roar.
“I am delighted we are supporting a bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.”
With those magic words, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Tuesday what many people within the football community had suspected for months – Australia is aiming to host the world’s largest women’s sporting event in just six years.
Let’s picture this. A young girl aged ten, with brown hair and blue eyes. She is holding her mothers hand and has a soccer ball under her arm as they enter the sporting fields of Ulladulla on the far south coast of New South Wales for their first soccer trial. Little did her mother know that her daughter would one day play an integral role in her local club for the next 14 years to come.