It's been two years since the Westfield Matildas conquered Asia, now they might be ready for bigger things.
With matches coming up against both New Zealand on June 24 at WIN Stadium and Japan on July 11, it-s important to remember that two years ago today the Westfield Matildas were crowned champions of Asia, after a heroic Asian Cup triumph.
Back then the Matildas were the 14th ranked side in the world and fourth in Asia, behind Japan, China and South Korea.
After that victory their ranking leapt to 11 in the world and since then has been quite static, peaking at nine and bottoming out at 12. Presently the team is ranked 10 in the world and only Japan and South Korea stand ahead of them in Asia.
While the Matildas have improved in that time, Japan have improved further, they are now World Champions and ranked third in the world, behind USA and Germany, the world is theirs to continue to concur and they represent the biggest challenge the Matildas can face.
Before they get their though they will have to face New Zealand, the 24th ranked nation in the world, are for all intents and purposes a stepping stone for Tom Sermanni-s team as they search for a return to glory and wins over the Kiwis and Japan would show they are still a serious threat on the world stage.
The good news is some of the Matildas are right at the top of their games. Kyah Simon and Tameka Butt have gone on scoring rampages with the undefeated Boston Breakers in the WPSL Elite competition and after the season Michelle Heyman had for Canberra United, why shouldn-t she inspire fear in the hearts of rival defenders?
The Matildas may have been crowned queens of Asian football two years ago, right now they could be beginning to climb further up the mountain of world football.