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Female football foiled, 1922

Women's football came to the fore during the First World War, when the men's league was suspended and women's work teams grew huge crowds. This growth in the game was halted in 1921, when the Football Association banned women from playing football matches on the grounds of its members - an action which effectively outlawed women's football in England as a spectator sport.

These pages are from 'The Empire Citizen', magazine of the British Workers' League (tagline: "Down with the Bolshies - For Britain and Empire!"), which strongly approved of the FA's actions, arguing that women are "not built by nature to undergo the severe physical strain" of 90 minutes on the pitch and could only therefore be "farcical" as players.


The Empire Citizen, January 1922