The Matildas may have crashed out of France 2019 prematurely, but there are youngsters who are preparing a frontal assault for selection for the country's favourite national team.
After scoring 15 goals for NTC in Victorian NPL Women in Melbourne in 2017 and goals at the AFC U16 Championships, nothing but the W-League beckoned for Kyra Cooney-Cross.
You wouldn't have thought the pacey attacker had signed her first professional contract in the 2017/18 W-League season.
She played 12 matches in Victory's side, scoring her first career goal against Newcastle Jets and adding another against Adelaide United.
Cooney-Cross was rewarded with a nomination for NAB Young Footballer of the Year.
International triumph loomed for the then 16-year old, and some stellar performances at the AFF Women's Championships in 2018, including three goals, rocketed her to the radar of the Matildas selectors.
Ante Milicic picked Cooney-Cross as a member of his train-on squad ahead of the World Cup and got her first big strut at the big dance.
At just 17 watching from the bench and flying back home following the pre-tournament camp, her time in the spotlight in the Matildas isn't far away.