Team GB coach
Those who remain unconverted to the idea of football being part of the sporting extravaganza about to unleash itself at
A grand total of seven reporters, plus a BBC crew, were in the Europa Suite as Pearce, accompanied by skipper
The press conference itself had been brought forward by 24 hours to allow for greater coverage of
Greeted with scores of empty seats, Pearce smiled and said: "We could have done this in my bedroom."
Whilst a communication breakdown may have been responsible for the lack of numbers, the turnout was almost in keeping with the way GB's participation is being viewed by so many.
For them, football is about
This view rather ignores the fact football has been an Olympic event since 1900 and amongst its gold medallists
Seventy thousand people have been enthused enough to get themselves tickets for Thursday's game, the second part of a double header that also includes tournament heavyweight
And Pearce feels those at the game, and the ones watching on TV, are in for a shock.
"We do belittle," he said.
"If I roll the clock back a calendar year, I was fortunate to go with
"We played a group match against
"That is how we underestimate tournaments.
"The same will apply to the Olympics.
"Once it gets started and they see the magnitude of the teams, the professionalism and the standard of football they will see, they will sit up and take notice."
Pearce certainly gives off the vibe of someone keen to do well.
And he positively bristled at the suggestion the women's game has far more to gain from their Olympic experience.
"I find it quite sad if it was viewed that way," he said.
"Every individual who has the opportunity to participate in this Olympics will come away a better player for it.
"We also hope that the fans come away from the games having enjoyed a great game of football."
A successful tournament would help, and that probably means getting a positive result as it is widely expected UAE will end up bottom of the group and
"We know quite a bit about them," he said.
"They are a strong, physically athletic side, who counter-attack very quickly.
"They are going to be a tough nut to crack."
London 2012 has given women's football in the UK an 'unprecedented platform' on which to create a lasting legacy, according to the Football Association's head of national game Kelly Simmons.