Female Matildas fans have been left disappointed after the team confirmed its national team’s away kit would not be available for purchase in women’s sizes until 2022.
- The news prompted dozens of irate replies from fans
- Player Elise Kellond-Knight says a lack of women’s sizes is “a fairly significant problem”
- The Matildas yellow home kit is available in women’s sizes for purchase online
A post from the Matildas’ Twitter account on Friday replied to a number of fans requesting the Australian women’s soccer team’s green away jersey.
“Unfortunately, the new national teams away kit will not be available in women’s sizes,” the post read.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and can assure supporters that this will be rectified for the next kit release due in 2022.”
The tweet prompted dozens of irate replies from fans who wanted the issue rectified as soon as possible, not almost two years later.
Among those unhappy with the decision was Matildas player Elise Kellond-Knight, who tweeted the lack of women’s sizes was “a fairly significant problem”.
Another person who took issue with the oversight, London-based neuropsychologist Bonnie-Kate Dewar, said not being able to buy a women’s kit for Australia’s “most-loved team” 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,” she wrote.
Deborah Hennessy tweeted: “Why when we are trying to increase the support leading up to the women’s World Cup would someone make a stupid decision like this?”
A post on the Matildas Twitter account did confirm youth sizes would be available “soon”.
Men were also offended with one Twitter user, Matt Bradley, posting: “This is bull****. Just put an order in at the least.”
The Matildas yellow home jersey is available in women’s sizes for purchase online.
In June, Australia was named as the host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A Football Federation Australia spokesman said the organisation would not comment further “at the moment”.