When the Joeys take on Ecuador in their U17 World Cup opener at Brazil's Estadio Olimpico on Sunday morning, Australia's top teenagers will be out to prove a point on the world stage.
Much has been made of Australia's recent struggles in youth international football.
The Olyroos (U23s) last reached the Olympics in 2008, while the Young Socceroos did not qualify for the biennial U20 World Cup in 2015, 2017 or 2019.
Having failed to qualify for the 2017 World Cup, the Joeys secured their spot at this year's 24-team tournament by making the semi-finals of the 2018 AFC U16 Championship.
They will take on Ecuador, Hungary and Nigeria in the group stage.
"It does a lot for them, I think - the speed of the football, measuring yourself against the best kids from another country," Joeys coach Trevor Morgan told AAP.
"In a short period of time, we're going to experience a South American team, a European team and an African team in seven days.
"So you get a real understanding of different cultures, their style of football, their attributes and obviously they'll be well prepared for it so they'll know about it.
"But then, it's actually 'how did I go when I was on the pitch and how did I go at executing what I want to do against a different opponent?'. So that adds a lot of depth to their football experience."
Australia's best result at the U17 World Cup was reaching the final.
Morgan warned increased investment in international youth football made progressing deep into the tournament more difficult but expected his team to compete strongly.
"The level's gone up, the expectation's gone up and the standard's gone up - but that doesn't mean we've got any less self-belief," he said.
The tournament also gives the Joeys the opportunity to put themselves in the shop window for prospective clubs.
"To be honest, it's one of my goals," Morgan said.
"My goal is to get this team to perform at the highest level and one side of that is winning matches and the other side of that is for individual players to perform at their best.
"And if they do that, there's every chance someone identifies them as a talent and wants them to move somewhere."
Joeys' U17 World Cup Group B matches:
* Australia v Ecuador, 10:00am AEDT, Sunday, October 27, Estadio Olimpico, Goiania
* Australia v Hungary, 10:00am AEDT, Wednesday, October 30, Estadio Olimpico, Goiania
* Australia v Nigeria, 7:00am AEDT, Saturday, November 2, Estadio Bezerrao, Brasilia (Gama).
SBS will be showing the games.