She says the calendar erred too close to porn and it wasn't the way she wanted the image of herself or her team to be promoted. Reid says when the final product came out, even some of the board members were shocked. It was so in your face," she says. Some of the players contacted for this story declined to be interviewed.
There was a feeling from some involved the team's success that followed was undermined by the spectacle of the calendar. And there was a sense of shame in that it took a sexualised image for the players to be noticed.
Players amount of money raised by the calendar sales remains unclear. Sports historian Lee McGowan describe the revenue received by the players as "pittance", but Ferguson-Cook says she bought her first car with the proceeds, though women admits it was a second-hand Ford.
Reid and Berry say the nude received little to no money and the debts left by the publisher contributed to the association's liquidation in Now a corporate lawyer, Wainwright says the interests of the players perhaps weren't well represented. But if the aim of the calendar was to get attention, it soccer. A second edition was printed by popular demand and Ferguson-Cook says the ongoing media interest translated into bums on seats.
More fans were coming to the games. Players were asked to speak at events. Nude eurotic tv shower it took to get on the map," says Dodd. But former Matilda Tal Karp, who played in the World Cup and Olympic Games, says that the legacy of the calendar perhaps persisted for too long and became a hindrance to the team's ability to forge their own identity. Not for how the team looked without their gear on in Some who play in overseas leagues can earn much more.
Social media and improved broadcast rights have increased visibility of the sport, bolstering the fan base for women's soccer and squashing discrimination soccer the players. McGowan agrees, adding that the "Sam Kerr effect" has popularised the sport. Nike recently made Kerr — one of the best strikers in the world — the face of its Australian marketing campaign.
But Dodd says there's still women long way to go. Critics agree the final frontier is equality in off-field positions.
A far less divisive marketing tool when compared to the calendar, but one Reid describes as powerful. And while Wainwright stands by her decision to stay out of the calendar, she acknowledges the part it played in the team's current standing. They're recognised as athletes who are strong and can kick the goal well. They are household names because of their sporting ability.
Pin on Women of Soccer
And the calendar is part of that journey. It's been 20 years since Aussie women's footballers posed nude. What's changed? Charlotte GrieveJun 07 Jobs in Germany Browse jobs Post a vacancy. Email newsletters Newsletter sign-up Edit my subscriptions. Other pages Apartment rentals Noticeboard Discussion forum Site search.
Members of French women's football team pose naked The Local. Share this article. The Local. With France set to face defending champions and hosts Germany at the women's World Cup on Tuesday, members of the French squad have posed naked for pictures to draw attention to their sport.
World's Best Nude Female Soccer Stock Pictures, Photos, and Images - Getty Images
See photos of the German players posing for Playboy here The players left little to the imagination in their football-themed pictures. Get notified about breaking news on The Local. Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment. German footballers 'made mistake' by liking Turkish salute post. Bayern Munich footballer under investigation for assault. German football officials face trial over World Cup tax evasion charges.
Related articles Disruption in Germany as French strikes cause transport misery. Klinsmann heads to Hertha Berlin and keeps the family link alive. Berlin football fans knock over mock-up wall before match.