CLAYTON Zane has been around football long enough to notice the shift in importance towards the female game over the last five years.
He believes the increase in participation rates and healthy growth means the sky's the limit for the game in the next decade.
Netball used to be the sport of choice for girls from an early age, but his young daughter is one of many who would rather kick a football around.
"My daughter started school a couple of years ago and she plays football for a local club," he said.
"Quite often from kindergarten through, they'll start a program which is usually netball but the school now has a couple of teams in each year group that start with football and then go across to netball.
"It's the go-to sport now."
On the back of the Matildas recent run of success, women's football has made massive ground with the participation rates skyrocketing.
But it has also opened up several other doors and pathways for coaches who can ply their trade across both male and female teams.
"Participation helps create jobs," Zane said.
"At grassroots level there's not as many full-time roles, but now the women's game has taken off, there's a better pathway for coaches as well.
"I've seen a lot of colleagues that I've worked with that have moved across and focused solely on the women's game.
I've seen a lot of colleagues that I've worked with that have moved across and focused solely on the women's game.Clayton Zane
"If you can work across both sexes, it really opens a few doors in regards to job possibilities."
Through his role with the Newcastle Jets, Zane has seen more importance placed around the women's game.
"I know (Northern NSW Football) offers young footballers at grassroots level the opportunity to work in female-specific programs and straight away that creates a little bit of interest," he said.
"I've seen huge numbers playing the game at a regional level and my young boy plays at New Lambton which is one of the biggest clubs.
"The reason why it's become of the biggest clubs is because of the influx of female junior footballers and a huge component of their junior base is female now."
Hastings duo Chelsea Hall and Hannah Jones are part of the Emerging Jets talent identification program as they aim to become the next Sam Kerr.
They have a path to follow.
"There has always been decent numbers of females that play, but they're now clinging on and sticking with the game and working their way through the age groups," Zane said.
"As a result now, they've set up better programs through the representative scene and there's now a clear pathway for the girls to get through and become a Matilda now."
Zane feels the recent success of the Matildas will see more money pumped into the women's game as Australia aims to host the Women's World Cup in 2023.
"I see there's a push around trying to bring female sports in line with males in regards to player quality so I see the game eventually getting to a level where it becomes professional in this country," Zane said.
"I see the FFA backing the team to be a medal chance at the Olympics and to be a potential World Cup winner.
"I can see a lot more resources getting poured into the female game."
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