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If Sam Kerr reneges on the W-League, Foord’s set to turn into the competition’s largest star this season. But you would not know it to speak to her.

It really is not that the 24-year-old is underprepared, in reality, she’s more than certified. She was certified by the time she was 16-years-old, back in 2011, when she outshone the greatest players in the globe – like her mercurial teammate and bestfriend – to win the Greatest Young Player at the FIFA Globe Cup.

It was a record-breaking feat for Australian football and a momentous achievement for a restless teenager, who only a couple of years prior, had selected football since there have been no other sporting teams she could join.

“Football wasn’t the a single I wanted to do,” she says nonchalantly.

“I just wanted to do each and every single sport. Football was what I played at college, in the playground with the boys, and my sister came household and mentioned I was quite very good.

“She mentioned I really should join the neighborhood group with the boys from my college and that is the only explanation I got into it. It was basically the final sport I was into.”

Now a fiery winger, Foord plays with the similar reckless abandon she did at the starting of her profession, a high quality that stands her alone amongst a outstanding couple of in globe football. Matildas legend Kate Gill summed Foord’s game up greatest: “She’s harmful, and she runs at players.”

But that reckless abandon is not just cockiness, and it absolutely is not ignorance. There is a side to Foord that is by no means overawed by any occassion.

When, as a 16-year-old, she was crowned the greatest young player in the globe, she did not even attend the ceremony. She did not want to.

She’d just dominated the Globe Cup, led Australia to the quarter-finals as a single of the youngest at the tournament and football was the furthest point from her thoughts.

“I was like ‘No way I’m going back!’,” she laughs.

“We’d been knocked out of the Globe Cup and I got told more than Facebook that I’d won that award.

“FIFA mentioned they would fly me back to…um, wherever that final was, I can not keep in mind now. I was on vacation in Croatia possessing the time of my life.

“I didn’t know how major of a deal it was. I believed it was cool but it didn’t definitely sink in till years later and I appear back and I feel ‘Wow, that definitely was a major achievement.’”


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