Fertility symbols are to be worn by the wives of Brazil’s women’s football team, as the team prepares to play their first international game in almost 20 years.
The women’s national team was born out of the World Cup in South Africa and has struggled since.
They have been criticised for playing in a low-scoring manner in their first World Cup qualifier in January.
“Women’s football is not just about playing, it is about developing,” said Marta Alves de Souza, the team’s sporting director.
“Fertility symbols can be worn to show our love for the women.
I am looking forward to being a part of the team and helping our players develop their skills.”
The team’s coach, Marcela Cunha, has said the team will wear the symbols as part of its “fertility celebration”.
The players have already had a few days off before their match with France, which starts at the Estadio Do Do Do on Wednesday, when they take on Portugal.
Brazil, which beat Argentina in the last 16 of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday, have been one of the biggest surprises of the qualifying campaign, and are looking to avoid being knocked out of their group.
“This is the first game we have had since the World Cups and we are looking forward and we want to give our best to win it,” said Alves.
Brazil have already lost to the United States and Mexico, but have also drawn with Argentina, Argentina and Chile, as well as playing England, Wales and Russia.
“We have the opportunity to play against a great team and win it.
We need to get back to our old selves, get on with the game,” said Cunah.