Kyah will join Jules Breach and Mark Schwarzer at the opening game in Paris, as well as across select shows to provide analysis of the tournament and insight into the Matildas squad.

Despite the devastation of injury ending her quest for a third World Cup campaign, Simon is looking forward to linking up with the Optus Sport.

“Although I would have loved nothing more than to be running out in the green and gold, for my third World Cup campaign, joining the Optus Sport team to broadcast the Matildas’ journey is the next best thing," she said.

“I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to be able to still be part of France 2019 in a different capacity and can’t wait to be able to support the girls in every way I can.” 

Simon joins current and former players on the Optus Sport team as well as some of Australia’s best journalists including Heather Garriock, Amy Duggan, Cheryl Salisbury, John Aloisi and Mel McLaughlin.

The 27-year-old was forced out the Matildas camp just before their pre-World Cup friendly against the Netherlands after a hamstring injury occurred. 

Optus Sport will provide coverage of all 52 games of the World Cup and all the action kicks off this Saturday morning (4am AEST).