• USA's stars celebrate their FIFA Women's World Cup win. (Getty) (Getty Images)
From amazing pieces of skill to top drawer goals, I think we can all agree the football at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was a delight to behold and yet more proof that the beautiful game transcends such petty arguments like which gender is better.
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8 Jul 2015 - 2:57 PM  UPDATED 8 Jul 2015 - 2:57 PM

Glory, heartbreak, record-breaking achievements and a place in the hearts and minds of every fan who watched it. The seventh edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup had everything you could ever hope for out of a tournament.

From the high quality performances on the pitch and the history-defining moment for the Matildas to the final - where the USA recorded its third World Cup title - Canada 2015 will be a difficult one to top in four years.

Given how far the women's game has come, I am pleased to say that there's every chance in the world that France 2019 will do just that and more.

Now that the tournament has officially come to a close, the fans have retired to their hometowns and the stadiums that set a new record for attendances at a FIFA Women's World Cup have emptied, there's much to revel in and look forward to.

Coupled with the 1,353,506 spectators, the ground-breaking number of viewers worldwide that tuned in to watch, a lot more than just 52 matches of football were played.

The women's game was catapulted onto another level, one that made the world stand up and take notice. To echo the sentiments of my local barista and supporter of football in every form, 'it's about damn time.'

I am proud to say that SBS ha also written a page in the history books by showing 41 matches live on air as well as streaming all 52 matches live online for the first time in Australian television.

We put together a product we are immensely proud of and it was important to do it justice because the women deserved it.

Covering this World Cup changed something in me.

Whether I was watching it, trying to stop my brother Ivan's relentless shots in front of our homemade goals in the backyard or playing it at school – this game is not only in my DNA but it has dictated my choices in life.

It's amazing to think that sport has the ability to do that isn't it?

To some it's just a game, to most it's a religion, a way of life and hosting this Women's World Cup represented everything that football has the capacity to do – unite, inspire and create a lifetime of memories.

Halfway through the tournament I realised that this wasn't just about putting a program to air. It was about giving these women a chance to be seen, to be heard and recognised – a struggle that they have been enduring for most of, if not for their entire career.

I realised then that all of us can relate to that on some level.

To have our work respected, applauded, distributed or even discussed satisfies that inner child in us that will forever be searching for validation – it's human nature after all.

I want those women who sacrificed so much to be at that tournament, know that none of it was done in vain and that this World Cup campaign validated everything that is simply incredible about women's sport.

During our post-final chat, listening to Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri speak about what she had to do in order to continue to play football, I was rendered speechless.

Leaving her young daughter Holly behind to be a part of this tournament, she spoke about the trials, tribulations and the sheer determination required to not only be separated from her family but to prepare herself for the biggest sporting event in her life.

She articulated it perfectly when she addressed every mother who has ever put their career and dreams on hold to raise a family.

"It's time to start inspiring your children by doing what you love and being happy. Don't let your children be the reason why not but the reason why."

The conversations about the women's game requiring more support, media attention, sponsorships and better pay will always be ongoing, that's a given.

It's a shift that needs to occur in order to encourage more young girls to embark on the same path.

Watching the pure satisfaction written across the faces of the USA players as they raised the trophy, there isn't a single person alive who could say it wasn't a brilliant moment in sport.

As my great friend, former Matildas star and panelist for the duration of the tournament, Sally Shipard, said: "young girls and boys worldwide can aspire to be in this position."

That's the beauty of football.

It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from and whether you're a boy or girl if you want to play, the game welcomes you with open arms.

Whether you enjoy women's football or not, it all boils down to one thing: when you truly ask yourself what it is that you love about this sport, the answer should not be dictated by gender.

You love it because it's something you grew up with, loved playing, watching and supporting.

It's the rollercoaster ride of emotions that you experience during the 90 minutes, the sheer excitement you feel when your team wins and equally, the heartbreak that hits you when it loses.

That's why we love it and the rest is just white noise.

If you want to see what true passion and dedication looks like, all you have to do is watch these women take to the field. Whether it's on the world stage or on the domestic front, they represent an unrivalled passion for what they do.

Even in the face of adversity, the threat of financial hardship and career uncertainty, they've still pursued what they love and in my view, I don't need more proof than that to applaud these incredible athletes and individuals for their commitment.

So if you're looking to relive the things that you felt during this World Cup campaign and if you loved what you saw, then get out to the W-League games this upcoming season.

That's where I'll be.