Sam Kerr says Melbourne needs to pack out AAMI Park on Wednesday night if it is to remain the world’s sporting capital.
New South Wales hosted two Matildas games in September in Penrith and Newcastle with both stadiums getting over 15,000 people as Australia had back-to-back wins over Brazil.
So far the Football Federation Australia (FFA) are expecting 10,000-12,000 people as Australia prepare to face China on Wednesday night.
The Perth Glory striker continues to dominate for both her club and country and she challenged Melburnians to fill the green seats.
“They have to beat Sydney to keep their reign of being the sporting capital of the world and if they don’t beat it, it’s gone,” Kerr told FourFourTwo.
“It would be amazing to have that support from Australia. To have a home crowd behind you, people say it doesn’t really affect you, but it really does to have that crowd on your side.
“When you’re singing the national anthem, it gives you a massive buzz, so I think it’ll be amazing and hopefully Melbourne does get more than Sydney.”
Australia are currently ranked sixth in the world as they are in preparation mode for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.
Kerr said she was happy with the attendances, but felt Australia should be aiming higher.
“We definitely want to keep the ball rolling with the crowds coming in,” she said.
“People come for entertainment and I think we’re an entertaining team.
“We want it to be that people want to come and watch us. Hopefully they’re not just one-offs and they are people who become fans for life.
“I know there are so many young girls growing up, looking up to us as role models. It’s something us girls never had, so I’m really proud of that.”
Australia’s encounters with China in the past two years have been tight with a number of 1-1 draws, however the Matildas recently recorded a 2-1 win over them in the 2017 Algarve Cup.
Kerr also sees the upcoming back-to-back friendlies as a good opportunity to test themselves before the Asian Cup and the 2019 World Cup in France.
“We’re always confident, we go into every game thinking we can win,” she said.
“I think we’ve prepared well with our previous games, we’re all fit at the moment in the W-League.
“It’s a challenge coming in, having two days training and having to play.
“We don’t think it’ll be easy, but we’re super confident going into every game whether it’s China or the US or any of the top nations.”