CANBERRA (22 Dec 2016) – Recently crowned AFC Women’s Player of the Year Caitlin Foord believes Australia will have what it takes to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup title when the developing squad reaches its peak.
Runners-up at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2014 and currently eighth in the FIFA rankings, the Matildas have grown from strength to strength in recent years.
At last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia lost 1-0 to Japan in the quarter-finals but made history by becoming the first Australian team to reach the last eight of a World Cup.
They also reached the same stage at this summer’s Rio Olympics before narrowly losing to Brazil 7-6 on penalties.
“The Olympics was a massive rollercoaster ride of emotions. Physically and emotionally there were so many highs and so many lows,” Foord told foxsports.com.au.
“I think when we qualified, I reached the highest feeling I could feel and then when we got knocked out, it was one of the lowest.
“So I guess feeling that high, we all obviously want to feel that again. As for the low, I don’t think any of us want to ever feel that again, or go through something like that.
“All of us girls obviously grew up playing together and now to be building through the national team together, we’re just going to keep building and obviously keep developing and learning as players.
“Hopefully in a few years’ time when we’ve all reached our peak, we can bring home a World Cup or an Olympic gold medal because at the end of the day, that’s the ultimate goal for all of us.”