Confirmed: Westfield Matildas bound for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
The Westfield Matildas are officially headed for a seventh straight FIFA Women's World Cup appearance.
Friday night's dramatic 1-1 draw with Japan at the AFC Women's Asian Cup punched the nation's ticket to France 2019.
Trailing for over 20 minutes after Japan clinically converted a rare chance, it seemed as though Australia would have to negotiate a make-or-break play-off to grab the fifth and final qualifying spot.
But gun forward Sam Kerr showed her world-class pedigree around goal to snatch an 86th-minute equaliser.
It sealed the Westfield Matildas' automatic passage through to football's showpiece event, along with a place in the final four of the ongoing AFC Women's Asian Cup.
Competing in France will continue Australia's proud record of attending all but one of eight instalments of the tournament, having only missed the inaugural 1991 edition.
Sixth, eighth and seventh-placed finishes across the last three provides the basis for Alen Stajcic's side to chase silverware.
They will be one of 24 nations from six confederations, with Japan, China PR, Thailand and hosts France also confirmed so far.
The tournament is scheduled to commence on June 7 and runs through to July 7.
Paris, Nice, Montpellier, Rennes, Le Havre, Valenciennes, Reims, Grenoble and Lyon are the host cities, with the latter to be the scene of the Final at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.