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‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ – Did you know about the 50-year ban on women’s football?

This year is an historic one for the women’s game, marking 100 years since the FA banned women’s football from its clubs’ stadiums in 1921. The ban was overturned in 1971 – meaning 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the FA righting that wrong.

The FSA is celebrating the occasion with a series of stories and events in the coming months – we’ll be looking back at the history of local supporters’ groups from the women’s game, run a new women’s game survey, host a special panel discussion, promote the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend and celebrate the Women’s Player of the Year at the FSA Awards.

We started that work back in August with the Women’s game x Community-owned club women fixtures featuring FC United v Clapton and Enfield Town v Grays Athletic. At those games the FSA spoke to supporters about the ban, its lifting and how important it is to support the women’s game. Football is for everyone and the FSA loved the attitude of the younger generation of female fans at those matches.

Check it out:

  • If you’d like to hear more about the FSA’s work in the women’s game please email: [email protected] 

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