Women’s football has replaced the netball to be the world’s most popular sports among women, and yet the history of the women’s football is almost forgotten today. Patricia Gregory was one of the founders of the women’s FA in the 1960s. The women’s football has overcome scorn, prejudice, antagonisms, and ban to become what it is today. Without distinction, women’s football should be getting as much support as men’s football, but for most countries, the reverse is true. The earliest women’s football match that was ever recorded took place in 1895 in North London. Women’s FIFA World Cup was introduced by FIFA in 1991.
Women’s football in Africa
The status of women’s football in Africa has suffered and struggled to be known and accepted compared to the men’s football. One of the reasons being that socio-cultural practices has always hindered its development. However, it seems to hold so much potential than men’s football in Africa. Even with the lack of funds, they are progressing almost daily, along with the neglect, and abuse the players have to deal with in their countries.
That has changed in some countries in recent times. South African player, Amanda Dlamini, set up a football academy where younger girls can attend and Batoum in Cameroon states that offer a good education which is a good thing, but emphasizes to the people that football has the capacity to change one’s life too.
Women’s football in Europe
Unlike the African, the European football and society are more supportive of women’s football. Karen Espelund has contributed a lot to that. She believes they can work towards setting up a strong structure for women and is optimistic what the future holds for the sport. The growth in the popularity of women’s football is unstoppable, as more and more women and girls are joining football throughout Europe. The number as of 2017 is about 1,270,481.