• Alison Forman in the Australia v Sweden match at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. (Tony Lewis/ALLSPORT/Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
From 1989-2002, retired Matildas star midfielder Alison Forman was capped 77 times and captained the side at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. We think she's earned the right then to give the current Matildas squad, FIFA and the FFA some valuable advice and insight.
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13 Apr 2016 - 5:02 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2016 - 6:27 PM

During her career, Forman scored seven international goals, and took to the pitch in all Matildas games at the Sydney Olympics and the 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups. She is now part of the administration of one of the world’s largest international youth football tournaments, the Dana Cup in Denmark. 

The most exciting players in the current Matildas squad

That is really difficult. There are so many. I will single out two. 

Egmond in the middle for doing the tough job in the middle of the park constantly and Simon up front, great goal getter and for her values off the park, giving back to the game. 

The Matildas can win gold - and yes, there's pressure 

I truly believe they can win the gold medal at the Olympics.

Pressure is a part of our every day lives in one way or another. 

Even more when you are on a sporting team wearing your country's colours. Expectations come with that.

At the end of the day the team will set their goals and do their utmost to achieve them, the external pressure is just a part of the game but I do not believe it will effect the team as a whole, they know their jobs and what they can achieve.

Other advice for today's Matildas

Live in the moment, not in the past not in the future and enjoy the journey.

 

Forman's Olympic experience

Blood, sweat and tears - it was a fantastic experience both on and off the field.

We were so close to something great and then at the end of the day so far away.

But being an Olympian and being a part of the whole Olympic family is a truly amazing experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Two fondest Olympic memories

I have two - the feeling as we walked onto the pitch for our very first Olympic game and the honor of being captain of the team and watching Cathy Freeman win gold in the 400 meters. There is something very unique about being an Aussie. 

Her advice to FIFA and the FFA

Women's football is on the rise all around the world, not just in Australia due to one simple fact. Women's football is fantastic sport.

Give equal funding for the women's game and the same rights as the men - why not, I am serious why not?

Associations and people sitting in the decision making seats need to simply invest in the women's game, the old cliche that nobody wants to watch women's soccer is so over and here is why:

FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada had more than 750 million television viewers and total attendance at the games was 1,353,506. Not to mention 9 billion impressions of "tweets".

The success story is that #FIFAWWC outperformed #RWC2015 (6.8 billion) and #TDF2015 (5.3 billion). So YES people want to watch the game the facts speak for themselves.

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