Rachael Soutar: World Cup so far

W-League defender Rachael Soutar writes to the fans about her view of the Women’s World Cup so far.

How good has the World Cup been!!!
 
I’ve been watching this tournament a lot more in comparison to previous editions, not just because SBS are showing every game for the first time, but because of the increasing quality of football that has made it a much more exciting and interesting competition to watch.
 
The Matildas’ brilliant progression in the World Cup has really demonstrated the large amount of preparation put into the lead up to their campaign.
 
This was seen through their friendly matches and camps that have given them the confidence to take on and defeat giant teams in such a prestigious tournament.
 
I have noticed a massive change in how they used to play prior to the World Cup. They are now playing with an attacking style never before seen by our national team.
 
There’s been a few players both Australian and international who I’ve enjoyed watching during Canada 2015, my favourite of which so far has been Steph Catley.
 
I may be biased because she plays in my position but she’s a seriously good player and has been ripping it up all season.
 
Outside of Australia, Megan Rapnioe from the United States has been the best. During my first Wesfield W-League season, Rapinoe came out to Australia and played in the as a guest player. She’s a bloody good player and I loved watching and learning from her up close.
 
This is the first time that the Matildas or any women’s sport for that matter has gotten so much publicity in Australia. It is also about time because they definitely deserve it!
 
Watching the support spread on social media and in all the major papers has been a wonderful thing to see. From the fans to even the Socceroos who have all gotten behind the Matildas’ journey in the World Cup have together helped to promote women’s football in this country.
 
The important thing now is to keep the momentum going and coming out and watching our new heroes when they strut their stuff in the Westfield W-League.
 
The bigger the crowds the stronger our sport. Can’t wait to see you all at a match this season!
 
Rach
 
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