Matildas captain Sam Kerr has received a huge honour following her brilliant goal during Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup heartbreaking semi-final loss to England.
With the Matildas trailing 1-0 and desperate to get back in the game, Kerr levelled the scores after an amazing 50m run through the English defence was capped off with a spectacular long-range shot.
The strike features among 10 nominees for the official FIFA Goal of the Tournament award.
“The goal that made a nation erupt,” FIFA wrote.
“A dream realised, the physical, tangible embodiment of hope. Sam Kerr.”
Fans can head to the FIFA website to vote for Kerr’s strike.
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Sam Kerr celebrates her goal against England. Credit: Getty Images
Kerr’s incredible strike left the commentators stunned as a nation began to believe.
“What a goal! Sam Kerr, from the top drawer. It just had to be. World Cup goal No.6, international goal No.64,” David Basheer said in commentary for Channel 7.
“That is a howitzer from Sam Kerr. It took a little nick off Millie Bright, but no one was stopping that. Suddenly, Stadium Australia erupts into a frenzy.”
Former Matildas star Grace Gill added: “Well, who else but Sam Kerr?”
“The moment we’ve been waiting for, the moment she’s been waiting for, and what a response from the Matildas,” she said.
“It was a well-read interception by Clare Hunt, does really well just to feed out through (Katrina) Gorry, and this is where Kerr is so dangerous. Running, at pace, at her Chelsea teammate in Millie Bright, a little glance up, and that is a world class strike.
“Kerr had a lot of work to do on that strike — a lot of work. She had two defenders closing down (on her and) she had Mary Earps to beat.”
Kerr is up against a series of epic goals for the award.
Among the other nominees are Ireland’s Katie McCabe for her goal direct from a corner against Canada, Marta Cox’s remarkable free kick to give Panama the lead against France, and Spain champion Aitana Bonmati’s magic play against Switzerland.
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Despite Kerr’s heroics, the Matildas went on to lose the semi-final against England 3-1 before their journey came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Sweden during the third place playoff.
Kerr took to social media this week as she prepares to head back to England to begin the new season with English powerhouse Chelsea.
“Thank you for the memories Australia,” Kerr wrote on Instagram.
“You allowed us to live out our dream of representing our country on home soil.
“I hope we have inspired a nation for many years to come.”
But the 29-year-old also hopes to continue the legacy of the Matildas and has announced details to launch her own football schools in Australia for girls aged three to 14.
Sam Kerr took to Instagram to announce the launch of her new football school, Sam Kerr Football. Credit: Instagram – @samanthakerr20
“I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Sam Kerr Football,” Kerr said in a statement.
“Growing up, there weren’t opportunities for me to develop my game in a way that allowed me to be my best. It wasn’t until I turned pro, that I learnt things like how to nourish my body to perform at my best or how to manage my mental wellbeing.
“My hope is that delivering a comprehensive program that is more than just skill development will give young players the best chance to live out their potential as a player.
“Being in the position I’m in today, I want to give back to the sport I love and to my young fans. It’s an incredible privilege to be able to share what I have learned to better the sport, to build a legacy, and to inspire and connect with the next generation of Australian footballers.
“The program will be developed under my guidance with support from the best in the game both in Australia and around the world.”