Australia's first official women's international soccer match was against New Zealand on Saturday, 6 October 1979. The venue was Seymour Shaw Park in Sydney's southern suburb of Miranda. It was billed as the first Australian women’s international soccer test.


International-style matches were played by Australian women prior to 1979, usually consisting of teams selected from the national championships.


The Australian players to take the pitch included Toni McMahon (New South Wales), Julie Clayton (Western Australia), Kim Coates (Victoria), Julie Dolan (New South Wales), Sue Monteath (Queensland), Shona Bass (Victoria), Rose van Bruinessen (New South Wales), Leigh Wardell (New South Wales), Cindy Heydon (New South Wales), Sandra Brentnall (Western Australia), Sharon Mateljan (Western Australia) and Fiona McKenzie (South Australia).


Coach Jim Selby was supported by managers Noelene Stanley and Elaine Watson. A lack of resources meant Australia's first eight official matches were all against New Zealand.


This design commemorates the Matildas' first international team, identifying each pioneering woman according to her haircut. If you love the Matildas, this one is for you.

Matildas 1979 T-shirt

SKU: FC0000019
  • Specifications

    • Regular fit 
    • Crew neck 
    • Mid-weight, 180 GSM
    • 100% combed cotton
    • Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
  • Women – Size Chart

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    W 45.5 48 50.5 53 55.5 58
    L 63.5 64.5 65.5 66.5 67.5 68.5


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  • Men – Size Chart

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    W 47 51 55 59 63
    L 71.5 74.5 77.5 80.5 83.5


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