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A brief history

The first women’s football match to be recorded in England was in 1895 between a northern and a southern team. In the early 20th century, women’s football attracted huge crowds to watch teams like the Dick, Kerr Ladies team from a munitions factory in Preston play in matches to raise money for charity.

On Boxing Day 1920 a crowd of 53,000 was recorded at the match between Dick, Kerr Ladies and St Helen’s Ladies at Goodison Park, Everton. However, soon afterwards, in 1921, the FA banned women from playing on Football League grounds, a ban that was not lifted until 1972, and which seriously set back the development and status of women’s football in England.

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women’s football, and with this backing the numbers of women and girls involved has grown massively.

The Football Association has a brief history about women’s football on their website.

"Complaints having been made as to football being played by women, the council feel impelled to express their strong opinion that the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged."

FA resolution, banning women from playing on football league grounds, 1921.

Dick Kerr FC
The women's football team of the Dick Kerr munitions factory in Preston, attracted crowds of over 50,000 before the FA banned women's football.

External links

Link to an external website Brighton & Hove Albion - The History of Women's Football
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