Top five Westfield Matildas moments of 2018: Punching the ticket to France
The Westfield Matildas may have fallen just short at AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 but the year was a profitable one for Alen Stajcic's side who will enter 2019 quietly hopeful of winning the biggest prize in women's football.
Australia lost that AFC Women's Asian Cup decider to Japan but, in reaching the last four, booked their spot at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.
And the form that the Westfield Matildas displayed during the year means they are every chance of having a major influence in France next year.
We're getting in the mood for a landmark year with a look back on the best of 2018, reflecting today on perhaps the most significant result of the past 12 months.
FIFA Women's World qualification secured
The Westfield Matildas knew that a semi-final finish at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 would result in qualification for France 2019.
And they booked their spot for the showpiece event in exciting fashion as Sam Kerr produced an 86th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 group stage draw against Japan.
Alen Stajcic’s side are given every chance of winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the coach recently stating that “we can beat anyone”.
The 1-1 draw also saw Australia finish on top of their pool in Jordan.