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Globalising Women’s Football

Europe, Migration and Professionalization


Jean Williams

With an estimated 26 million female players globally (6 million based in Europe), the evolution of football has been dramatic. Growth in the women’s game has led to more widespread player migration as new forms of professionalism emerge. This work explores those patterns of movement into, and out of, Europe using new archival evidence and player interviews.


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Appendix I: Some Key Dates of European Union integration and expansion 103


Appendix 1: Some Key Dates of European Union, integration and expansion3 1945 End of World War II 1946 Civil war breaks out in Greece; European Union of Federalists (EUF) formed 1947 Soviet walkout of Four Power Council of Foreign Ministers signals the beginnings of the cold war; Committee for European Economic Co-operation (CEEC) set up 1948 Benelux states (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) com- mence economic union and a European Congress is held at The Hague 1949 Federal Republic of Germany established; North Atlantic Trea- ty signed in Washington to create NATO and Council of Europe formed 1950 Korean War begins; European Defence Community (EDC) launched and Council of Europe adopts a European Convention on Human Rights 1951 Treaty of Paris establishes the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) 1952 European Defence Community Treaty signed in Paris 1953 Draft Treaty for a European Political Community is adopted 1956 USSR invades Hungary to put down an anti-communist rising; )UDQFHEHFRPHVLQYROYHGLQFRQÀLFWLQ$OJHULDDQGWKHQDWLRQDOL]D- tion of the Suez canal by Egypt resulted in a failed attempt to oc- cupy the zone by France and England 3 Compiled from Stephen George and Ian Bache (2001). 104 Globalising Women’s Football 1957 The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Communi- ty (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) 1961 Association Agreement signed with Greece; Britain, Denmark and Ireland apply for membership 1962 Norway applies to join the EEC 1963 De Gaulle announces his veto of British Membership 7KH©HPSW\ FKDLU FULVLVªZKHQ WKH)UHQFKER...

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