From Uber driver to Pizza Hut employee, high school helper to consultant-in-waiting, the Matildas have revealed the surprising jobs they have to work alongside football.
While Australia's senior internationals have left their second jobs in the past, benefiting from wage rises to focus on football, gender pay gap means fringe Matildas and W-League players are still forced to double up.
Many seek extra work to top up their incomes, still depressingly low by industry standards.
Others are trying to build skills for their post-football careers, and some are just looking for perspective outside the soccer bubble.
The Illawarra's Caitlin Foord says she spent the 2017/18 W-League campaign as a part-time physio's aide.
"I did it to keep myself busy at my physio I go to, just helping out. Just to see what it was like," she said.
A previous foray into a different line of work didn't go so well.
"When I was injured, I was bored and I got sick of having the same conversations with people," she told AAP.
"So I signed up as an Uber driver and drove people around Wollongong.
"It lasted 48 hours.
"I worked a Friday and Saturday night. One person recognised me, a friend of a friend. She said 'uhh Caitlin what are you doing?'"
Foord said she could see the attraction to driving for Uber full-time.
"It was addictive. There are noises and lights and then when you get someone, you get to meet them," she said.
"But at the end of I was like, is this really worth it?"
Defender Alanna Kennedy's last non-playing job was selling soccer jerseys at a retail store.
"I got to sell Socceroos jerseys," she said.
"Before that I was working at Pizza Hut.
"I had a shift on a Friday night but I decided late to go down to Wollongong to see Caitlin.
"I cancelled my shift. I called in and told my boss 'I'm not well'. I caught a bus down there and as I'm standing at the bus stop, one of the delivery drivers drove past with my boss in the car.
"I never worked there again," she laughed.
While humorous, the pair's anecdotes aren't typical of the average female footballer.
Unless a player has a W-League contract and either an overseas playing deal or being paid from Matildas duty, there is little chance of earning the average Australian wage of $63,700.
Minimum W-League wages have risen in recent years, from $10,000 in 2017/18 to $12,287 last season, with a $16,344 pay packet guaranteed next season for the 14-week league.
A complex structure of payments for national team duty means the most senior Matildas are earning around $130,000 per year.
Sam Kerr, with the benefit of a marquee deal with Perth Glory and a close-to-maximum payment for Chicago Red Stars, is earning somewhere in the ballpark of $500,000 this year.
Others below the superstar status still rely on second jobs to make ends meet.
Midfielder Katrina Gorry, who like many others have struggled to maximise earnings while injured, says she likes to find additional work.
"I've always had a job during the season if I wasn't overseas," she told AAP.
"It was definitely an income thing (and) to have a different pathway in case something did happen.
"I worked at a high school close to my house two years ago, doing admin and teacher aide stuff.
"It's a nice way to talk to different people, it's a nice getaway from football to talk to people that don't live in the football world."
Professional Footballers Australia also administers a grant program for players eager to start on an educational pathway alongside playing commitments.
Two Matildas - Tameka Yallop and Elise Kellond-Knight - are doing internships with sponsor Seven Consulting to prepare for a world of work.
"I was a pharmacy assistant on the Gold Coast until 2015," long-serving midfielder Kellond-Knight said.
"I finished my bachelor's (degree) but just didn't really love it so it was the fallback.
"If my game didn't get to where it is now, I probably would be still there.
"But my internship with Seven Consulting, that's really interesting."
Other Matildas have taken on more physical roles in their more recent jobs.
Emily Gielnik had a gym and a personal training business in Brisbane.
She said she was "operating out of a family member's garage until the council shut my PT down", while she closed her gym three years ago to focus on football.
Chloe Logarzo, heartbroken to miss out on the 2015 World Cup squad, walked away from the game.
"I got a normal job. I worked as a landscaper, six days a week from five to five," she said.
In a curious way, that job led her back to football.
"I worked as much as I could to save money. Full labour, and then I went and travelled for two months. I backpacked in five different countries, like every normal kid does," she said.
"At that time the girls were playing the World Cup, I was sitting in a pub in Croatia watching them do really well.
"By the end of that time, I was finished backpacking and I realised I let a massive opportunity slip by and I couldn't ever do it again."