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The Most Important Moments in Women's Football History: Part Five

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Football is more than just a game. Over the last 150 years it has become a source of identity, conflict and debate for all who follow and play it. It has reached the furthest corners of the globe and boasts more players and supporters than any other sport. In this list, we will be going right the way through the illustrious, colourful and pioneering history of women's football. We will be looking closer at the teams, coaches and individuals who have overcome negative attitudes, antiquated misogynistic views and repressive social expectations to create an inclusive and popular game supported by millions around the world. Let's see which moments have shaped the game we love!




21. 1991 FIFA World Cup (1991)

Following decades of struggle and fight for the freedom to play - the women's game would see a major milestone in 1991. As the game began to grow around the world - FIFA would organise the first Women's World Cup in China. The FIFA website describes the tournament as a &#…

Football's Greatest Rivalries: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Liverpool vs Manchester United. Does it get any bigger than this? For over 100 years, the two powerhouses of English football have slugged it out on the hallowed turfs of Anfield and Old Trafford. It is arguably the nation's most prestigious footballing fixture and watched all over the world. However, here at The Football History Boys, we have continuously tried to look at football's history in a new light, looking beyond mere scorelines and opening up ideas of class, identity and gender alongside the stories we already know. The North-West Derby is no stranger from all of these ideals - a derby we need to discuss. 

So where do we start? With the first game between the two? Or even further back? Indeed the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester is one which transcends far beyond football. Geographically there is only 35 miles between the two cities and the industrial revolution (1750-1900) brought them closer together again. Manchester was to be driven by the cotton industry…

The Most Important Moments in Women's Football History: Part Four

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Football is more than just a game. Over the last 150 years it has become a source of identity, conflict and debate for all who follow and play it. It has reached the furthest corners of the globe and boasts more players and supporters than any other sport. In this list, we will be going right the way through the illustrious, colourful and pioneering history of women's football. We will be looking closer at the teams, coaches and individuals who have overcome negative attitudes, antiquated misogynistic views and repressive social expectations to create an inclusive and popular game supported by millions around the world. Let's see which moments have shaped the game we love!





16. The WFA is Formed (1969)

In 1966 England's men won their first ever World Cup on home soil. The victory, combined with the European Cup's initial popularity in the 1960s had seen a spike in the desire to play the game. This was not just men's desire for football but also ladies wishing to take…

The Most Important Moments in Women's Football History: Part Three

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Football is more than just a game. Over the last 150 years it has become a source of identity, conflict and debate for all who follow and play it. It has reached the furthest corners of the globe and boasts more players and supporters than any other sport. In this list, we will be going right the way through the illustrious, colourful and pioneering history of women's football. We will be looking closer at the teams, coaches and individuals who have overcome negative attitudes, antiquated misogynistic views and repressive social expectations to create an inclusive and popular game supported by millions around the world. Let's see which moments have shaped the game we love!




11. Women's Football is Banned (1921)

So long as women's football was being played in front of such large numbers, opposition was never far from the surface. The words from historian Matthew Taylor are a stark reminder of British society and its expectations in the early 1920s. Despite the war seemingl…

The Most Important Moments in Women's Football History: Part Two

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Football is more than just a game. Over the last 150 years it has become a source of identity, conflict and debate for all who follow and play it. It has reached the furthest corners of the globe and boasts more players and supporters than any other sport. In this list, we will be going right the way through the illustrious, colourful and pioneering history of women's football. We will be looking closer at the teams, coaches and individuals who have overcome negative attitudes, antiquated misogynistic views and repressive social expectations to create an inclusive and popular game supported by millions around the world. Let's see which moments have shaped the game we love!





6. The British Ladies Football Club on Tour (1895-1897)


We have already seen the formation of the British Ladies Football Club in Part One, their first game in 1895 between the 'North' and the 'South' saw the Northern ladies run out 7-1 winners in front of over 10,000 spectators. Over the next …

The Most Important Moments in Women's Football History: Part One

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Football is more than just a game. Over the last 150 years it has become a source of identity, conflict and debate for all who follow and play it. It has reached the furthest corners of the globe and boasts more players and supporters than any other sport. In this list, we will be going right the way through the illustrious, colourful and pioneering history of women's football. We will be looking closer at the teams, coaches and individuals who have overcome negative attitudes, antiquated misogynistic views and repressive social expectations to create an inclusive and popular game supported by millions around the world. Let's see which moments have shaped the game we love!



1. The First Women's Football Match (1881)


Victorian England is famous for a number of things - Dickens, Queen Victoria and Empire are just three examples from an inexhaustible supply of names and events which helped shape the modern Britain of today. However, perhaps one of the era's greatest achieve…