Preview – When Football Banned Women

When Football Banned Women
Dick Kerr International ladies 1920-1921. Picture Publicist: Nathalie Mohoboob. Photographer: Pro Co

Last Sunday the Women’s European Football tournament began, a tournament where England were runners-up last time around. But there was a time English women weren’t allowed to play the beautiful game at all.

During the First World War, women’s football teams were set up in England, attracting crowds of 60,000 people. But then, in 1921 the FA banned women from playing the game professionally, a ban that lasted for 50 years.

Clare Balding presents this documentary about the injustice that prevented the sport becoming as popular with women as it did with men.

When Football Banned Women is on Channel 4 at 22.00.