You’d be forgiven for thinking things looked bleak for women’s football in Brisbane and elsewhere.
Coming into the 2000 Olympics the Matildas were barely being paid, were forced to use second hand equipment the Socceroos were done with and they couldn’t get publicity, despite qualifying for two world cups. If the Matildas couldn’t get attention, or paid, imagine what it was like for the local game. To raise money, they published a Nude Calendar. It’s still one of Australia’s fastest selling Calendar’s ever. It sold 40,000 copies. They made $4000 each. Still a lot more than they’d earned from the FFA in the previous year.