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.
When Angelique Hristodoulou made her debut for the Western Sydney Wanderers at 15, she knew the footballing world was her oyster.
In just two and a half years, the daughter of former Sydney Olympic player Eric Hristodoulou has seen her career progress in leaps and bounds.
Now, the youngster has her eyes set on the Matildas.
After making eight appearances for the Wanderers in the 2016/17 W-League season, the tenacious full-back made a big step up and captained the Matildas at the 2017 AFC U16 Championships.
A picture frame moment for Angelique and the Hristodoulou family.
Her efforts paid dividends and she was selected for the 2018 AFF Women's Championships in which she played two matches on the road to the final.
The youngster made the cross-city jump to rivals Sydney FC and this seasons played seven matches in the Sky Blues Grand Final triumph.
The hard work didn't stop there.
Just when Hristodoulou hit the peak this year, she trekked back down and started all over again, this time at Sydney Olympic.
With Olympic currently sitting in third in the NSW NPLW, the 17-year old is ready for a big 2019/20 season.
She has stiff competition in the full-back slot in the Matildas, but Hristodoulou has been backing herself for a long time and could be lacing up for the green and gold very soon.