Salisbury joined the likes of John Warren, Harry Kewell and Ray Baartz in admittance to Australian sport's premier pantheon, becoming the first Matilda to do so.

She'll be formally admitted in a ceremony on October 10.

Salisbury's 151 caps still stands one above Lisa De Vanna, above any male or female footballer, and her 38 goals for a long time stood as her as the leader in both categories.

She also represented Australia at the 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and twice at the Olympic Games - in 2000 and 2004.

De Vanna and others have credited her immensely for helping professionalise the Matildas, and her long-term dedication - at a time when the Matildas underwent incredible struggles just to play - stands her as one of the most important figures in Australian football history.

“Cheryl understood the potential of Australian women’s football and made it her mission to transform the sport she loved so that future generations of Matildas could reach their full potential and live their footballing dreams," FFA chairman Chris Nikou said.

“It’s through her example on and off the pitch that we have thriving Westfield W-League and a world-class national team in the Westfield Matildas.

“Her legacy to the game continues to deliver dividends for Australian women’s football. There is no one in the game more deserving of this recognition than her."