Soccer jerseys get motivational

If you’re a fan of Sweden’s national women’s soccer team, you might not be able to pick our favorite player as easily with their new jerseys.

That’s because the team scrapped their last names from the backs of their shirts, only to replace them with phrases meant to inspire women, reports The Cut. Released last week, The Cut reports the shirts feature “tweets from prominent Swedish women to appear on the back of their jerseys, in the spot where their last names would usually appear.”

The quotes chosen include “‘Believe in your damn self’ (which was tweeted by artist Zara Larsson) to ‘Women want different things’ (from the comedian Karin Adelsköld),” says The Cut.

Communication director for Swedish FA Niklas Bodell told The Guardian that the shirt is not only a sign for women to know that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, it also serves as an important  reminder for the team itself.

“The initiative is first and foremost to, with the help of the national team, highlight the power that comes with doing things together and the women’s team’s success is a good example of that,” he told The Guardian. “We also hope that it can inspire people to stand up for each other, notwithstanding who you are or where you come from.”

 

 

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