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History made again as record crowd watches Matildas step into bright new future

History made again as record crowd watches Matildas step into bright new future

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History has been made once more for women’s football in Australia, just days after pay parity was achieved for the Socceroos and Matildas through a creative revenue-sharing system that could set a worldwide trend. Saturday afternoon’s friendly in Parramatta was the perfect coda to a momentous week.

The biggest crowd ever seen at a standalone women’s football match in this country filed into Bankwest Stadium for the venue’s first international football fixture to watch the Matildas beat Chile 2-1.

Australian fans cheer during the International friendly match.

Australian fans cheer during the International friendly match.Credit:Getty Images

All up, there were 20,029 in the house, eclipsing the previous benchmark of 16,829 set when Australia hosted Brazil in Newcastle two years ago.

In light of some of the vitriolic opposition to the Matildas’ pay deal, it’s worth remembering how many fans the Socceroos attracted for their last match on home soil: 18,563 for a 5-0 rout of Nepal in Canberra. That was for a World Cup qualifier, too, not a mere friendly with nothing material at stake.






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