Former Matilda and current VPLW coach Deb Nichols says the biggest mistake made in female football is the endless comparison to the male version of the game.
It's an often-repeated conversation in Australian football.
After an off-season peppered with discussion of code-switching and the W-League's threats from rapidly expanding rival female competitions, the Matildas equal revenue sharing agreement ignited another hot-button issue for some football fans.
The relentless comparisons between male and female football.
“In this country we are always comparing sports," Nichols says.
“At this stage the physical aspect of the game takes second place,” Nichols said.
“This may well change as the game becomes more professional. But the opportunity for good technical players to flourish is encouraged as the female game is more open."