Sam Kerr says the 2023 World Cup could be her swangsong. Picture: Justin Lloyd.
Sam Kerr says the 2023 World Cup could be her swangsong. Picture: Justin Lloyd.

Kerr ponders 2023 World Cup swansong

MATILDAS superstar Sam Kerr says the 2023 Women's World Cup could be her swan song in football should Australia win the right to host the showpiece tournament.

And the country has a genuine chance of being awarded the tournament after the federal government pledged an additional $4 million to Football Federation Australia to fund the bid.

Kerr, who would be 29-years-old in five years time, says playing in a home World Cup would be the perfect end to her career.

Sam Kerr says the 2023 World Cup could be her swangsong. Picture: Justin Lloyd.
Sam Kerr says the 2023 World Cup could be her swangsong. Picture: Justin Lloyd.

"I think I'll retire after that tournament, so to finish in a major tournament like the 2023 World Cup in Australia would be unreal and I know a lot of the girls are in the same boat, being around the same age as me," Kerr told The Daily Telegraph.

"Hopefully we can get it. Just to have a major tournament like that I think will really skyrocket the way Australia sees women's sport.

"I think we have a really good chance of getting it with the recent success of the Matildas and the W-League."

So much of the success of women's football in Australia can be put down to 'The Sam Kerr Effect', which is why she is the face of FFA's Female Football Week, beginning on Friday and incorporating International Women's Day on March 8.

The aim of the week is to shine the spotlight on women in football and grow female participation at grassroots level - something Kerr has already been doing.

The 24-year-old has had a quite extraordinary year, winning just about every major individual award on offer including being named Young Australian of the Year.

She admits her life is drastically different to what it was like a year ago, but she has embraced the change.

"You learn along the way. It's been a big change - my life's probably changed completely, but it's been enjoyable," she said. "This is what we've wanted for so many years, so it's a welcome change.

"Everyone in the Matildas has noticed the change; you can't really walk down the street without being recognised and I think the whole of Australia has really got behind the Matildas. I think we're really lucky in the sense that there's really no bad blood towards the Matildas, everyone has something good to say about us and that's a credit to the girls and the way they've represented themselves."

Lucy Turnbull, who is a spokesperson for Female Football Week along with Kerr, Tara Rushton, Erica Berchtold, Assmaah Helal, says Kerr is one of her personal heroes.

"She is a global superstar and one our great icons," Turnbull said.

"The Matildas are heroes, not just to girls and women, they're also national heroes to everyone. They're superstars and it's great to celebrate them and to use the great respect, regard and affection Australians have for them as a platform to encourage girls, women, men and boys to get involved too."

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