It was the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament held in China where Australia beat Brazil 1-0 with an extraordinary team effort.

The team would go on to win 3-0 against Thailand before a 3-0 loss to Norway and make it to the quarterfinals.

"We are incredibly proud to have been part of the Matildas’ journey in FIFA," Moya Dodd said on Facebook.

"We are also very proud of the pioneers who played before us so that we could take the field for our country in that first-ever tournament," she added.

In celebration of today, they have been sharing their stories on social media through #MatildasFIFA30.

Players invested their energy and money to raise standards in the name of building the game.

Paying every time they played from buying boots and strapping tape to helping run clubs and while the growth women's football has come in great strides but there is still much to do. 

"We continue to be disappointed by the limited roles that women have in leadership and decision-making in football – and especially in women’s football – despite the emphasis on women in FIFA’s statutes and strategies," Dodd wrote.