Sue Lopez

Sue Lopez

Biography

Sue Lopez was one of the most prominent women football players in the 1970s, playing for Southampton Women's Football Club and Roma in the National Italian Women's Leagues. She was involved as an official during the Women's Football Association's campaign for better representation, including for women to be allowed to use Football Association pitches. She was later Southampton FC Head of Girls and Women's Football and Girls Centre of Excellence, winning the Coach award for Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. She received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Southampton for services to women's football, was inducted to the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame in 2004 as the third woman to be included and received an MBE in 2000 for Services to Women's Football. She is author of Women on the Ball: A Guide to Women's Football (London: Scarlet Press, 1997).

Listen to Sue Lopez discussing girls and football, the FA ban on women in football, girls in sport - the Theresa Bennett case, support from men, and a lifetime's contribution to sport.

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