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ABC News: Brendan Esposito

Everyone’s Talking About The Matildas: The Rise Of The World Cup

As the Matildas go through to the quarter-finals following last night’s win over Denmark 2-0, we talk about the amazing rise of the Women’s World Cup.

Those who say “women’s sport is boring” will have to eat their words as there have been record-breaking TV audience numbers this season. Over two million people tuned in to watch the Matildas’ victory over Canada on July 31st and last night’s game knocked over the AFL and NRL grand finals and State Of Origin ratings with more than 3.5 million tuning into their 2-0 victory on Channel 7.

Our Matildas will face either Morroco or France in next Saturday’s quarterfinal clash.

On today’s episode of The Briefing, we take a deep dive into the history of women’s football with Moya Dodd, a former Australian player who rose up to the FIFA Executive.

“It’s like someone who’s reading a book that’s fabulous and you’ve known it’s a great book and then your friend reads it and they’re like, that was a great book. And you’re like, yeah. Isn’t it? So, you can kind of feel that sense of buzz around the country right now”

With record ratings, record participation and record bandwagoning, we investigate the amazing explosion in women’s sports.

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