Former Matildas midfielder Sandra Brentnall and former Matildas head coach Tom Sermanni have been inducted into the FFA Hall of Fame.

“Each of this year’s inductees are truly worthy of this recognition and each in their own way is a pioneer," said FFA CEO David Gallop at the induction ceremony.

"Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honour that connects the greats of the past with the stars of the present."

“Without the contributions of people like this in our sport, we would not be where we are today and for those efforts the whole football family is truly thankful.”

Born in England, Brentnall immigrated to Perth and was soon representing Western Australia and the Matildas. Between 1979 and 1983 the flying winger made 11 appearances for Australia, scoring 8 goals, including Australia's first ever 'A' international goal against New Zealand.

She also has the distinction of scoring the Matildas first ever hat trick in a 3-2 win over New Zealand in May 1980.  At one point in her career Brentnall was voted in the Top 10 women's footballers in the world.

Her achievements have already seen her inducted in the WA Football Hall of Fame (1996), awarded the Australian Sport Medal (2000) and had the WA Women's Cup Player of the Match medal named after her.

As the Matildas longest serving coach, Tom Sermanni needs little introduction.

After being first appointed in 1994, Sermanni guided Australia to their first appearance at 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Departing the post in 1997, Sermanni went on to coach in Japan and the USA before returning to a more successful second stint at the helm of the national team.

In 2006 Sermanni steered the Matildas to the final of the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the following year he saw the team win their first ever World Cup match on their way to the quarter finals of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 in China.

The crowning glory of Sermanni’s tenure came in May 2010 when he coached the Matildas to claim the AFC Women’s Asian Cup; Australia's only major continental title in the Asian Football Confederation era.

Sermanni then led the Matildas to their fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup in June/July 2011, where they reached the quarter finals for the second time.

Brentnall and Sermanni join names such as Julie Murray, Cheryl Salisbury, Sue Monteath, Connie Selby, Joanne Peters Alison Foreman in the Hall of Fame.