THESE soccer aces are aiming to help put women’s football on top – by peeling their kits off.
They have ditched traditional strips to take part in a new Lingerie Football League.
Eight teams will be formed to play during the summer season, from April to September.
Aydean Corless, of Golborne, is one of several from Wigan, Leigh and the surrounding areas.
The 26-year-old said: “I saw a post on Facebook and got in touch, and it went from there.
“I suppose at first it was a bit daunting but I thought, ‘Why not? It’s worth a try’.
“It’s something different.
“My family thought I was a bit mad at first, but now they know a bit more about it and have seen the pictures and video, they’re all for it.”
Their bold venture leaves them open for criticism that they are damaging the credibility of women’s sport.
But a spokesperson for LFL said: “At LFL UK we pride ourselves on being role models for the younger generation, we are strong and fit, not soft and skinny and we have real passion for football.
Aydean CorlessMy family thought I was a bit mad at first, but now they know a bit more about it and have seen the pictures and video, they’re all for it
“We train properly and we are extremely ambitious, dedicated women who play good football.”
This isn’t the first sport to be played in ‘lingerie’ – American Football have a league of their own.
To get the league up and running they have arranged series of exhibition matches against university teams throughout the country.
The first is on Wednesday, December 23 on the rooftop at Hotel Football in Manchester and others run through until March.
“We hope the bright, young university population will support the drive for equal pay for women footballers,” continued a spokesperson.
“We anticipate that university students will form LFL UK teams to play in our inaugural season.”
Members from Wigan, Leigh and surrounding areas are: Ashley Bell, Aydean Corless, Charlie Birchall, Emma Foulkes, India Dickinson, Jessica Farrington, Katie Redford, Kayleigh Maddocks, Larissa Vyas, Melissa Leonard, Natalie May Simm,
Natalie Hughes, Nicole Donnelly and Terri Casey-Barter.
For more details visit the website lingeriefootballleague.co.uk. They also have a Facebook page - /lflunitedkingdom - and are on Twitter and Instagram (@lingeriefluk).