The Matildas are the toast of Australian sport at the moment, with the side’s meteoric rise up the official FIFA rankings to number four. Combine that with a side full of talent and personality, and it’s a recipe for continual success as the next generation has a strong standard to look up to.
Referees are at the centre of every football field and one Queenslander has made a meteoric rise from rookie ref to professional official.
Lara Lee has been a referee since the age of 22, now, at the age of 30, she is a seasoned veteran of the whistle.
Football Queensland asked Lara 10 questions to discover more about what it takes to reach the top of the game.
In the first instalment of a series of articles to celebrate Female Football Week, Football Queensland focuses on Brisbane Roar W-League premiership winning head coach, Melissa Andreatta, and her journey from netballer to footballer.