If we say “female football”, what do you think about? Sexy, pussy, ponytailed ball-juggler girls? Or maybe a resigning, half-sounding “it does not even exist” sigh? Although women’s football history has started somewhat difficult, over the past 123 years, the players have been impressed; and it’s no secret that women’s football is growing fast today.
“I personally do not approve of women’s participation in public competitions, which does not necessarily mean that they can not do a whole range of sports, but not just publicly,” said the baron of a certain Pierre de Coubertin in the first half of the 20th century . So this is the starting point for our female readers to surmount (we can continue to improve the moods, adding that in the next sentence of the Baron it is said that the role of women in such events can only be to crown the winners). From here we got to the point that today’s women’s football is one of the most dynamically growing sport in the world. Let’s take a look at the road ahead!
The first official women’s football match was played on March 23, 1895 in London. Just like before, football (just like a whole lot of other things) was only a privilege of men, but this is not the most interesting element in the story: the spread of women’s football was really embedded in the First World War. As men worked in the battlefield, women had to replace them in factories to “continue life”; At that time, the idea was that if noblemen did not stand in the factory, why would not they stand the same way on the football pitch? Along with the delightful one, one of the employees of the Dick, Kerr & Co ammunition factory, Grace Sibbert, organized a charity match with the women’s team of the factory to help the wounded, warlord and warlord fate. The match, which took place on Christmas 1917, attracted ten thousand people to the surprise, which resulted in a HUF 16 million worth of dedicated noble purpose. From this point on, there was no stopping, the team succeeded in success, up to the international reputation.
The triumph of women’s football was then hanged by a number of buccanees, mainly due to the fear of undermining the popularity of men’s football. Later on, UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) played a key role in the development: members voted in 1971 on whether women’s football is governed by national associations and that the result is an overwhelming powerful “yes”, which resulted in the majority of European nations taking control of women’s football. Since then, friendly matches have begun, they have to wait another 20 years for FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) to print the first official Women’s Football World Cup; then in 1996, women’s football was already occupied in the Summer Olympics program.
We have seen that the issue of women’s football has been quite divisive since the beginning, and that this topic is not only a sport profession but also a highly social and economic issue. However, we have now come to the point where – if you believe, if not – the number of women’s footballers grows faster than men. Today, there are approximately 22 million women’s football players worldwide, and if it is up to UEFA, this number will continue to increase as the association has committed itself to promoting women’s football continually.
1895 – The first women’s football match
1914 – Women will also be able to stand on the football field next to the factories
1917 – The Charity Match of the Women’s Team of the Dick, Kerr & Co Factory
1920 – The “sporty girl” feeling becomes fashionable
1971 – UEFA has voted for women’s football
1991 – The first official women’s soccer world championship
1996 – Women’s football has been included in the Summer Olympics program.
The source of this article: Déri Diána – The story of women’s football: Europe as the cradle of sport (Physical Education, Sport, Science, 1st grade, issue 1)