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Australia's Matildas take another step in the rise of women's football

Matildas celebrate
Australia's win over North Korea on Monday night guaranteed the Matildas a spot in Rio.

"The future of football is feminine." A famous quote, from an infamous man.

It was one of the more lucid utterings of the now disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in his time at the helm of the World Game, but the 100,000 female players who kick a ball around the parks of Australia are unlikely to have paid it any heed.

Much more inspirational to them is the continuing success of the women's national team.

With visions of the Copacabana just over the horizon, the Matildas will celebrate...

Australia's Matildas qualify for Rio Olympics by beating North Korea

Matildas celebrate
The Matildas will participate in the Olympics for the first time since Athens 2004.

The Australian women's football team qualified for Olympic Games in style with a 2-1 win over old nemesis North Korea in Osaka on Monday, and coach Alen Stajcic says his side are now capable of winning a first-ever medal in Rio.

A fourth win in as many matches in the notoriously tough Asian qualifying region saw the Matildas end a 12-year drought against the side that kept them out of the past two Olympics.

Michelle Heyman and Katrina Gorry scored in each half, either side of a Kim Su Gyong goal...

The Matildas thrash Vietnam to edge closer to Olympic qualification

Kyah Simon
Matildas striker Kyah Simon (17) scored a hat trick as Australia defeated Vietnam 9-0.

It may have been an expected win for the Australian women's football team over Vietnam on Wednesday, but the 9-0 victory margin has provided a massive boost for the Matildas as they continue to chase a ticket to the Rio Olympics.

The Matildas were always in control of their encounter against the outclassed south-east Asians as a Kyah Simon treble helped the Aussies to a 5-0 halftime lead in Osaka.

The Matildas didn't miss a beat, playing with confidence and fluency throughout.

All three substitutes...

Australia women's coach Alen Stajcic plays down Japan victory

Australia women's team vs. Japan
Lisa De Vanna opened the scoring in Australia's 3-1 win over Japan in Osaka.

Australia women's football coach Alen Stajcic says his team still have a tough road ahead if they are to secure a ticket to the Rio Olympics, despite opening their qualification campaign with a famous 3-1 win over Japan in Osaka.

It was a first-ever win for the Matildas over a former world champion in a tournament match, and the result also ended a six-match losing streak against the Asian champions and London Olympic silver medallists.

Australia went ahead thanks to a rare headed goal from Lisa...