In 2000, 12 players from the Australian National Women's Soccer Team agreed to pose naked for a black and white portrait calendar. The Matildas were preparing to participate in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, where proceeds from the calendar were to be distributed. The calendar reportedly sold over 40,000 copies, but came with its critics.

 

The state of women's soccer at the time was not like it is today. The Matildas were barely being paid. They were forced to use secondhand men's gear from the Socceroos and could not get media coverage anywhere, despite qualifying for two FIFA Women's World Cups.

 

Traci Bartlett, Sharon Black, Katrina Boyd, Sarah Cooper, Alicia Ferguson, Alison Forman, Sunni Hughes, Tracie McGovern, Kim Revell, Cheryl Salisbury, Bridgette Starr and Amy Taylor bared all. They were paid $4,000 each. Believe it or not that was more than they had been paid by Soccer Australia in the previous year.

 

The Matildas lost 3-0 to Germany in Canberra to open their Olympics account. In Sydney, they drew 1-1 with Sweden and lost 2-1 to Brazil. They finished seventh. 

 

Some may see the Matildas who participated in the calendar in a negative light, others may have found it was done tastefully. Regardless, it is a curious part of Australian soccer history.

Matildas 2000 Calendar T-shirt

SKU: FC0000477
$40.00Price
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    • Crew neck 
    • Mid-weight, 180 GSM
    • 100% combed cotton
    • Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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