The Matildas’ home kit is inspired by Australia’s past and present.
Its all-over graphic is a nod to both a colorful ’90s aesthetic and Melbourne’s Hosier Lane—the site for street art in the city. The shirt also incorporates the country’s natural beauty and the sickle-shaped leaves of the Golden Wattle (Australia’s national flower).
With one of the most promising rosters in its history, the team’s rallying cry, “Never Say Die,” is printed inside the shirt and represents the Matildas’ relentless, fighting spirit.
When they began playing in 1978, the Australian Women’s National Team was called the “Female Socceroos.” But in 1995, when they first qualified to compete on the world stage, the women’s team officially became “The Matildas.” They’ve been a dominant fixture in the tournament ever since, reaching the quarterfinals in each of their last three competitions. Led by Sam Kerr in the offense, the 2019 squad may be the most promising Australian team yet.
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