Matildas coach Alen Stajcic says expectations haven't changed after the FIFA Women's World Cup draw – and they can be genuine World Cup champion challengers.
Australia was drawn alongside Brazil, Jamaica and Italy in Group C early Sunday morning.
The Matildas avoided the likes of 2017 European Champions in the Netherlands and across the ditch neighbours New Zealand, who were both drawn in Group E.
However, it has been an up and down 2018 for the Matildas, losing the Asian Cup final to Japan in April but finishing the year in sixth on the FIFA Rankings.
They did manage to keep their unbeaten record at the Tournament of Nations but the USA took the crown on goal difference.
"There is no doubt this year has been a little bit of a rollercoaster ride for us," Stajcic said.
"It's been a tough year in coming to terms with the load of the players, the amount of travel they've had to do.
"There has been a lot of variables that have affected the rhythm of our team so we need to ensure we do everything we can next year to give ourselves the best possible chance of being healthy and fit.
"There is no doubt there are three unique opponents we are playing against."
It will be the fourth consecutive major tournament the Matildas have come up against Brazil, having faced them in two previous World Cups and at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Meanwhile, it will be their first time facing Jamaica, who make their World Cup debut, and it will only be their second meeting with Italy.
The draw has been considered favourable for the Matildas but expectations remain high amongst the team.
"Expectations haven't changed regardless who we have in the draw," Stajcic said.
"Our expectations are to prepare the team as best we can to give ourselves every possible chance to be at our peak.
"As I've said many times if we are at our peak and we can be consistent throughout what is required to get to the business end of the World Cup, there is no doubt in my mind that we could be a genuine challenge for the title."
Stajcic also reflected on the World Cup in Canada, where Australia created history in making it to the quarterfinals after beating Brazil 1-0.
Unfortunately, the Matildas lost 1-0 to Japan a few days later, who eventually went on to make the final against the USA.
Four years ago, the Matildas were a relatively young team with the likes of Alanna Kennedy, Emily van Egmond, Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr only in their early 20s.
However, heading into France, now they have the experience they didn't have back then.
"I think the two things that have changed the most in our team are that there is a real genuine belief that we can beat anyone on a given day and the maturity of the group," Stajcic said.
The Matildas begin their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign on June 9 against Italy.