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The Australian women's national soccer team represents Australia in international women's soccer at the senior level. The team's official nickname is the Matildas from the song Waltzing Matilda , having been known as the Female Socceroos before A lack of resources meant Australia's first eight official matches were all against New Zealand. A team would not be assembled again until the next edition of the tournament in tournament in New Zealand, which featured Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan , as well as New Zealand's B team. Australia lost in the final again, beaten 4—1 by Taiwan. For the latter tournament, the players had to sew themselves the own Australian crests onto the team tracksuits. The tournament doubled as qualifiers for the FIFA Women's World Cup , and the winner was determined by the best results from a group.
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It's been 20 years since the Matildas team of took off their clothes and stood in front of a camera. The images were printed in a calendar and thousands of copies were sold around the world. It captured global attention and triggered a fierce debate about feminism, body image and the path to equality for women's sport. Since then, everyone has known who they are," says Heather Reid, who was on the board of the Australian Women's Football Association at the time.