The Australian women’s soccer team is on the road to hosting the 2023 World Cup, and they have to get ready to put on their best showing in front of their home fans in the Disney+ Original Series, “Matildas: The World at Our Feet.” This series follows the team from the announcement that Australia will be the host country to their preparations. Australia finished fourth in the 2019 games in Tokyo, and this team is hoping to show the world that Australia is a force to reckon with while serving as an inspiration to little girls in Australia.
If you love soccer, or football, and want to follow one team’s journey, then this is an excellent docuseries. It’s very similar to the women’s Australian Football League docuseries that was on Hulu in the United States and Disney+ around the world. Plus, it puts a focus on women’s soccer which is excellent as it’s the most popular sport in the world and the girls in Australia deserve to see these women as role models for their own future success.
The first episode really tackles a wave of emotion for the Matildas. Viewers see them lose to the Americans before rallying to a draw in their next game with the same American squad. That’s important because the Australian women lost to the American women in the third-place game of the 2019 World Cup in Tokyo. They responded with an 18-0 thrashing of Indonesia before being upset 1-0 by South Korea. While the game play, itself, is unimportant, the preparation these games provide for the upcoming World Cup is vastly important.
While this docuseries is certainly great for people looking for a sports docuseries, it still falls under the “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” category. If I hadn’t watched the women’s Australian Football League one in 2022, this would feel fresh to me. Instead, it feels like a re-tread of similar things we saw there, as well as in “Welcome to Wrexham” or that series with David Beckham. It’s technically fine, I’ve just seen this story before.