Women's football is enjoying a rapidly increasing popularity all over the world. Women's football teams from many countries are taking part in important women's football championships governed by such important football associations as UEFA and FIFA. Not so many people know that women's football has been played for a long time and it was a very popular sport at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Women's football competitions were gaining up to 53,000 supporters. The most successful women's football team of that period was the English team from Preston, called Dick, Kerr's Ladies. But in 1921 the English Football Association banned the women's football playing on the Association's fields, on the reason that the game was distasteful. The recovery of the women's football began only in the '70s. Now it is becoming more and more popular. Here is a short summary of the main women's football championships.
In 1969 the English Women's Football Association was formed. In 1970 in Italy the first professional football team on a part-time base was formed. The first professional football league was founded only in 1992 in Japan. The most important of all the women's football championships is the FIFA women world cup. The first women's world cup was won by the American football team. The competition was held in China in 1991.
The most imposing teams in that period were USA, Germany, Sweden, Norway, China, and also Brazil and Canada. Although the first FIFA women world cup competition was organized only in 1991, the idea came from FIFA official as early as in 1986. One of the most spectacular shows was the final of the FIFA women world cup help in 1999. The host team won the match against China. The game had a dramatic ending. The American team won 5 to 4 on penalty. Brandi Chastain, who kicked the decisive goal, took off her jersey and waved it above the head. The crowd watching this amazing show was immense, numbering over 90,000 supporters. Televisions all over the world translated the show and millions of viewers had the possibility to watch it live.
The next FIFA women world cup, in 2007, will be hosted by China. In 2002 FIFA founded a women's youth championship. The official name of the event is FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Starting with the 2006 championship, hosted by Russia, the age limit of the players will be 20. In 2008, FIFA is planning to found the under 17 women's world competition. Another important international women football competition is the UEFA women world championship.
This is the most important event of the European women's football. Six championships were already held until this moment. The 1993 edition, hosted by Italy, was won by the Norway team. All the other five editions were won by Germany. Other successful teams are Italy and Sweden. The latest competition was held in 2005 in England, where Germany defeated Norway with a score of 3-1.
Women's football is becoming more and more professional, progressively gaining popularity. At this moment women's football championships are considered to be important sports events all over the world.