Matildas Out To Defend Tournament Of Nations Crown

Get behind the Matildas, as they defend their Tournament of Nations title.

It's been nearly two weeks since the World Cup ended, but the Matildas have you covered for all your soccer needs.

The Australian women's team have headed to the U.S., where they will defend their Tournament of Nations crown.

It's been a big week for the Matildas, on Tuesday their coach Alen Stajcic was named on the shortlist for the FIFA Women's Coach of the Year.

Superstar forward Sam Kerr picked up her second-straight nomination for the Best FIFA Women's Player.

This latest accolade for Kerr comes just days after she won the ESPYS Best International Women's Player of the Year, beating out strong European competition for the award.

What Is The Tournament Of nations?

Kicking off on Thursday, the ToN is a round robin competition against the USA, Japan and Brazil -- all in the top ten teams in the world.

The Matildas lift the trophy as champions at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Image: Getty Images

The USA are the world's number one ranked team, current World Champs and will be playing with a home-team advantage -- the perfect way to test the Matildas skills.

Brazil will be out for revenge - Australia shocked them with a series win last year that saw no love lost between the two teams.

But it'll be the Aussies who will want revenge against Japan, after they beat the Matildas in the final of the AFC Asian Cup in May.

Why Is It Important?

The Australians go into this year's ToN ranked eighth in the world, behind Japan and Brazil who are six and seven respectively.

FIFA Women's World Rankings. Image: Getty Images

It was at this tournament last year that sparked the Matildas on a nine game winning streak, catapulting them to a best-ever best-ever fourth rank in the world.

But the ToN is perfect preparation for the team as they work towards next year's World Cup in France.