EnglishSue Lopez talks about her fight to be allowed to play women’s football and the differences between the UK and abroad.
Women in the FAIt was only in 1969 that the Football Association (FA) lifted the ban on women’s teams becoming members of the FA. This meant that they were allowed access to affiliated pitches and referees. But women were still in the FA as amateur, i.e. unpaid, players. Men’s membership was at various levels: professional, semi-professional and amateur. Lopez clearly felt that it was not appropriate for men to have the option to play football at a high level while women did not. She elaborates the story of how clerks, typists and teleprinter operators from Southampton eventually rediscovered ‘serious’ football for women in the late 1960s in her book Women on the Ball: A Guide to Women's Football (London: Scarlet Press, 1997).
The story todayCurrently the FA has no women on its board, and just one woman, Heather Rabbatts, as a non-executive director. The number of women in football, and in sport generally, is growing. Organisations such as Women in Football and Kick It Out are actively working to increase participation, as well as eliminating racism in the sport. Over 1.3 million women and girls currently take part in football across the UK, and the number of women coaches and referees is rising annually.
Do you think women in sport have a role to play in challenging gender stereotypes?
Do you watch football or any other sport on TV, or live? Are you interested in watching male players or female players? Why?
Do you think women’s football might one day be as popular as men’s? What would have to take place for this to happen?
Football cartoon © Jacky Fleming www.jackyfleming.co.uk
Because he's associated with a men’s football team and he couldn’t then manage a girls’ team.
- Sue Lopez discusses the FA ban on women in football
- 17 May 2012
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