The Australian football scene is a marvel of football history, a global game that has seen its greatest successes come from a single continent, from the early days of footy to the era of the global superpowers.
It has produced some of the greatest players of all time, but it has also produced a raft of talent that has taken the sport to places far and wide.
In fact, the pinnacle of Australian football history is perhaps not even that, but rather what has come after.
Here are some of our favourite milestones.
A century ago, the Socceroos set the benchmark for Australian football.
Their rise was fuelled by the arrival of two great players, a brilliant young coach named Graham Arnold and a talented young manager named Arthur Burns.
Both men were young, charismatic and well-liked, but the combination of their attributes led to an extraordinary rise in Australian football in the first half of the 20th century.
In their first game against Germany in 1915, the Australian team went on to win 3-1, and Arnold’s team eventually went on, for the first time, to the World Cup finals.
The Australians finished the tournament second behind Germany, and the following year Arnold’s side, now known as the Socceros, were a regular fixture in international football for more than a decade.
The Socceroos went on and became world champions, winning another two World Cups.
It was a remarkable run of success, and they became world football’s biggest team, the greatest team in history, and one of the most admired.
The first ever female footballer: Sydney FC’s Liza Harvey.
After being born in 1908, Sydney FC was a small team with just eight players, with Harvey as the youngest of them.
A keen amateur, she joined the club as a 13-year-old and became a regular in the squad, playing for both the club and the team itself.
The club’s success at the beginning of the decade saw Harvey move to a bigger stadium, and soon became one of Australia’s most successful women players, playing on and off for Sydney FC for the next five years.
She won the Soccer Australian Cup twice, and in 1919 became the first Australian to score a hat-trick for Sydney, a feat she was unable to repeat in the decades to come.
Australia won a World Cup in 1932.
It took almost a decade for Australia to qualify for a World Championship, but on October 19, 1932, the team from Sydney played in the final of the tournament.
The win over France, which the Australians had won the previous year, marked the end of a bitter, bitter World Cup for the country.
Australia was one of five nations to miss out on the World Championship altogether.
Australia’s greatest footballer: Wayne Barnes.
As a young boy, Barnes was a standout player for Sydney’s boys’ team.
In 1931, he became the youngest player to score for the Sydney Boys, and made the national team as well.
In his second season with the club, Barnes made his senior debut for Australia.
Barnes scored six goals and added three assists in 32 appearances for the Soccero side.
The following season, the 23-year old became a key player in the Socceroo team, playing in all but one of their matches.
He also scored five goals in a league championship game against Argentina.
Barnes played for two World Cup teams before retiring, but his footballing career was far from over.
In 1933, he joined Australia’s football team for a second season, but by then the country had already been crowned World Cup champions.
The biggest Australian team of all: The Socceros.
The team, which was renamed the Soccerers in 1932, had been formed from the remnants of the Sydney Men’s Soccer Club.
A team with a name like this, however, was never likely to go anywhere.
That changed when a group of businessmen decided to bring the Soccerones to Australia.
Their first move was to buy the Sydney Soccer Club and build a new, larger stadium in the city.
In 1935, the first Socceroos were born, with the likes from the local towns of Warringah and Darlinghurst playing for the team, and later in 1938, Sydney was renamed after the Socceraurs.
The name stuck, and today, the city is home to the Soccerans.
A legend: Australian captain John McLean.
John Mclean, the oldest player in Australian history to play for a professional club, played a major role in the rise of Australian soccer in the 1920s and 1930s.
A self-confessed ‘football-mad man’, McLean was a highly respected player, one who had earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s best.
The Rugby League Hall of Famer was the first player to ever represent Australia in a World Rugby League match, scoring a try in a 7-0 thrashing of Argentina in 1931.
In 1932, Australia won its first World