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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 II: Some Key Dates for European Association Football 109


Appendix 2: Some Key Dates for European Association Football4 &UHDWLRQRI6KHI¿HOG)&DQGIRUPXODWLRQRI6KHI¿HOGUXOHV 1857 Publication of Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes 1863 Formation of the Football Association (FA) in England and 14 Laws of the Game 1871 Formation of Rugby Football Union marks a split in football codes 1872 First Final of the FA Cup; First home international under Associa- tion rules England-Scotland (0-0); Havre Athletic Club established 1881 England-Scotland women’s international match and subsequent tour %ODFNEXUQ2O\PSLFEHDW2OG(WRQLDQVLQWKH)$&XSWKH¿UVW team of northern origin to win 1885 Professionalism accepted by the Football Association 1886 First meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to set the laws of the game comprised of four British Foot- ball Associations 1888 Creation of the Football League; foundation of Celtic Football and Glasgow Athletic clubs 3UHVWRQ1RUWK(QGEHFRPHWKH¿UVWWHDPWRZLQWKHµGRXEOH¶FKDP- pionship of the Football League and FA Cup in the same year 1892 Genoa Football and Cricket Club formed 4 Compiled from Patrick Brennan (2010), Christiane Eisenberg, Pierre Lanfranchi, Tony Mason and Alfred Wahl (2004), Jean Williams (2003, 2007) and Paul Dietschy (2010). 110 Globalising Women’s Football 1894 The British Ladies Football Club formed in London and go on to play approximately one hundred games between 1895-7; Mrs Gra- ham’s Eleven play an addition twenty, many in Scotland and the north of England 1899 FC Barcelona created 1900 Deutscher Fussball Bund (DFB) created 1902 International match between Vienna and Austria Hungary (5-0); Ibrox stadium disaster in Scotland kills twenty-seven people; Eng- lish...

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