Australia’s women’s football team is set to host the 2002 world cup after winning a historic Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Sydney.

The national team will be hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being eliminated from the tournament by France in the first round and then Italy in the second round.

The women’s world Cup, held at Melbourne’s ANZ Stadium, will be played in the same venue for the first time since 1986.

The team’s players will face France on Sunday, followed by Italy in a rematch of the first-round clash in October.

France have won the previous two games but are yet to win their opening fixture.

The tournament has been plagued by delays with the first leg of the quarter-final tie at the Stade Velodrome taking a further two hours.

French coach Julie Gagnon has already been fired by the club following a disappointing second leg at the Allianz Arena in January.

“I’m very sorry to hear the news of Julie Gagner’s dismissal, but we will be looking forward to playing at home,” Australia head coach Julie Johnston said.

The squad also included three-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe, a five-time All-Australian and a former Australian women’s international who has played a starring role in the squad.

“We have an incredibly talented squad with some very promising talents,” Johnston said in a statement.

The Australian team are likely to be aided by a large contingent of the country’s best players from the countrys biggest football clubs. “

The first leg at Stade velodrome is a big part of this group’s preparation.”

The Australian team are likely to be aided by a large contingent of the country’s best players from the countrys biggest football clubs.

The A-League has been a major draw in Australia for the past two years and the national team’s season will mark the first of two international games in the competition.

“Australia is a very strong nation and we will have a very positive experience and it will be very exciting to get a chance to play the women’s national team,” Johnston added.