The emancipated kick

Rough road of women's football into the sports mainstream


Women's football gained much popularity during the First World War in Great Britain. With men on the front, women were working at munitions factories, and enjoying friendly football matches during their lunch breaks.


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Standing six feet tall, Lily Parr of Dick Kerr's Ladies became the first star in the upcoming sport discipline. She has scored around 1,000 goals in total and was known for accepting settlements in her favorite Woodbine cigarettes.


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In 1920, more than 53,000 people gathered to witness Dick Kerr’s Ladies win with St Helen’s Ladies. Being a massive success for the suffrage movement, it marked the peak of women's football popularity in Great Britain.


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Among declining ticket sales to man's matches, the Football Association decided to ban women's football in 1921. The official reasons pointed towards health concerns and moral indecency of women playing a rough, contact game. Other countries soon followed.


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Pink goalposts and staff with pop-up hair were a trademark of the first unofficial Women's World Cup of 1971, held in Mexico. Britain has lifted the ban the same year, but the team could not keep up with rivals, who spent the previous 50 years exercising.


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The First Fifa World Championship for Women’s Football was played in 1991, granting widespread recognition to the competition. It marks the first time the United States has reached for the championship - a title they will win two more times in the future.


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2019's tournament in France marks the moment when women's football has entered into sport mainstream. With more teams being fit to reach for the championship than before, the United States is up for their most challenging game yet.


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While gaining popularity, women's football still forms a rather unexplored terrain in the world of sports books. With Probet and its proprietary artificial intelligence algorithm, profiting from online betting has become more predictable than ever before.

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