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FIFA legend Carla Overbeck on why the 2023 Women’s World Cup will revolutionise football in Australia

There are few footballers throughout history who have not only played in a World Cup on home soil, but won it there, too.

Carla Overbeck is one of them.

The FIFA legend was part of the famous USA team of the 1990s that won the first official Women’s World Cup in 1991 before captaining the side who lifted the trophy as hosts in 1999.

Carla Overbeck captained the USA when they made women’s football history at the Rose Bowl in 1999.(Getty Images: Elsa)

That was the tournament — and the team — that changed everything for women’s football in the United States.

Despite having an operating budget of just $30 million, the event attracted almost 1.2 million people across the month, with an average of 37,000 fans at each game. Television ratings soared, as did media coverage once the tournament was underway.

The final — held in Overbeck’s hometown of Pasadena, California — still…


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