“In ways I find football boring," she says.

"I don’t know the players or have much interest in watching…I don’t know, I find it more fun watching people I care about do well.

"I know them on a personal level, so I see their personality on the field. That’s more enjoyable for me, but I grew up watching NRL, so I’ll watch NRL over soccer," she says, subconsciously switching back to the sport's traditional Australian title without so much as a flinch.

"The NRL grand final is a lot bigger than an average soccer match to me," she continues. "To be fair, I haven’t watched any games this season, but I’m here in Australia so I’m going to watch it.

"If I'm going to watch a usual football game, it has to be a semi-final or I'll watch the leagues I’m in sometimes because I like seeing my friends.

"But something like the English Premier League? Doesn’t interest me at all."

Now, as Foord enters her 12th W-League season, she's a reluctant veteran of a competition that began at the beginning of her career but, thanks to trailblazers like herself, is set to continue expanding exponentially after she's gone.

Although she'd never admit it, the cocky young girl from Shellharbour is beginning to become a seasoned campaigner. She's seen the W-League and Australian women's football evolve from amateur indignity to one of Australia's favourite sports.

Meanwhile, she's experienced the best the women's game has to offer in the USA. It's given her a taste of what's to come.

“W-league clubs can learn a lot from the NWSL," she says.

"The professionalism in the NWSL is the highest it can be right now in women’s football. We get 20,000-plus fans to every game and every club has that community that supports it, so the club always wants to give their best to showcase what we can do in front of those fans.

"That’s why Australians keep coming back, the level of care for their players is a massive step above other clubs.

"We’re trying to close the gap in the W-League and we’re getting there in small steps, but we still have a long way to go."