A Game for Rough Girls?: A History of Women's Football in Britain

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Social Science - 219 pages
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Can we truly call football England's 'national' game?
How have we arrived at this point of such clear inequality between men's and women's football?

Between 1921 and 1972, women were banned from playing in football League grounds in the UK. Yet in 1998 FIFA declared that "the future is feminine" and that football was the fastest growing sport for women globally.

The result of several years of original research, the book traces the continuities in women's participation since the beginnings of the game, and highlights the significant moments that have influenced current practice. The text provides:

*insight into the communities and individual experiences of players, fans, investors, administrators and coaches
*examination of the attitudes and role of national and international associations
*analysis of the development of the professional game
*comparisons with women's football in mainland Europe, the USA and Africa.

A Game for Rough Girls is the first text to properly theorize the development of the game. Examining recreational and elite levels, the author provides a thorough critique, placing women's experience in the context of broader cultural and sports studies debates on social change, gender, power and global economics.

  

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Contents

Contemporary perspectives on womens
17
Tables
42
Competition and community in English womens football
45
competition 19882000
60
Memory and English womens football
68
PART II
106
A fine allround player 2 Baldwins United Ladies Football Team
107
A Scottish womens team photograph c World War I
108
Atlanta Ladies 6 Dick Kerr International Ladies AFC 7 Greenwood and Batleys Ladies Armley 8 Stoke Ladies Football Team c 19213
108
The law and English womens football
118
An international comparison
148
Notes
189
Bibliography
199
Index
211
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About the author (2003)

Jean Williams is a senior lecturer in education in the School of History and International Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. She is a consultant to media and sports organisations including FIFA, and is currently involved in a major cross-national research project into women's football.

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