Matildas supporters have voiced their disgust after it was revealed the national team’s away kit will not be available for purchase in women’s sizes until 2022.
On Thursday, Nike and Football Federation Australia unveiled the new Matildas jerseys, which are constructed with 100 per cent recycled polyester from plastic bottles.
After some fans questioned why they were unable to purchase the away kit in women’s sizes, the official Matildas Twitter account confirmed: “Unfortunately, the new national teams away kit will not be available in women’s sizes.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and can assure supporters that this will be rectified for the next kit release due in 2022.”
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Only the traditional gold home jersey is available in both men’s and women’s sizes — youth sizes will be released “soon”.
Several football supporters blasted the decision, with Matildas veteran Elise Kellond-Knight also voicing her frustration.
“Ummmmm, this is a fairly significant problem @nikefootball,” Kellond-Knight posted to Twitter.
London-based neuropsychologist Bonnie-Kate Dewar believed the snub was “not acceptable”. “I’m tired of my soccer-mad daughter seeing that it’s all about the men’s teams that the women have to wait,” Dewar tweeted.
Sports reporter Carrie Brown posted: “Just checking this isn’t a joke @Nike? Replica away kit for the @TheMatildas, Australia’s women’s team, are not available in women’s sizes? Will be rectified in two years time? No, it will be rectified now if you want to keep your credibility.”
ABC Grandstand digital reporter Damien Peck bluntly tweeted: “So what will the Matildas players wear? Men’s kits?”
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Matildas captain Sam Kerr, who is currently representing Chelsea in England, said she was a “big fan” of the home kit design.
“It’s an honour to play in green and gold, and we can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a team,” Kerr said.
“The next few years are so important for Australian women’s football, and we intend to do everyone proud in the lead up to a huge 2023.”
Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury said: “As Australian footballers, we’re spread across the world. Pulling on the kit always means we’re back together as a team, representing our country. It’s a special thing.”