At the 16th attempt, they've finally done it.
Co-hosts New Zealand have beaten Norway 1-0 in the opening match of the FIFA 2023 Women's World Cup at Auckland's Eden Park — their first ever World Cup win.
Hannah Wilkinson tapped home the second-half winner, connecting with an inch-perfect cross from Jacqui Hand that sent the 42,000 packed-out home crowd wild.
The Football Ferns had previously gone without a win from their 15 World Cup games —the longest total run of any nation without a win in football’s biggest competition.
New Zealand is also yet to make it past the group stage but will be hoping that this positive start to its World Cup campaign can ignite a historic run and spark a women's soccer revolution in their home country.
Already fans in the stadium have expressed excitement at what's to come, as their team prepares to travel to Wellington to face World Cup debutants the Philippines on July 25, before facing Switzerland on July 30 in Dunedin.