Women started playing football as early as the sport was invented. Until recently, however, it was conventionally seen as a men’s sport. The environment surrounding the sport was not as conducive as it is and this is why there are over 170 women’s football teams today.
It was not until 1991 that the first FIFA Women’s World Cup was held. In 1921, the Football Association banned and outlawed women from playing the game on Association members’ pitches. They cited the reason to be that the game was not suitable for women and it was not wise to encourage it.
It wasn’t until 50 years later in 1971 that the ban was lifted. This was encouraged by the civil rights movements that were fighting for equality for both men and women. As a matter of fact, Lily Parr was the first woman to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall Of Fame in 2002.
The Future Of Women’s Football
Ever since the ban on women football was lifted, they have participated in many national and international leagues and championships. These include the Women’s World Cup, the UEFA Women’s Championship and even the Olympics. Today, stadiums where women’s league football is played, are filled to the brim with fans. It might not get as much attention as men’s football but with time, it could.