- :For more in depth, albeit general information see Football in England.
While women's football
been played in England for over a century, it has only been in the
1990s that the game has seen a large increase in female players, as
well as in female spectators, culminating in England hosting the
In the period from early in the First
until the Football Association's
ban on women
playing football on the grounds of its affiliates in 1922 (which
lasted for 40 years) women's football was very popular and a true
rival to the men's game. One match featuring the Dick, Kerr's Ladies team from Preston, played at
Park, Liverpool on Boxing Day 1920,
attracted a crowd of 53,000 with another 10,000 - 15,000 reported
turned away because the ground was full.
Today, the FA runs directly the top women's competitions. The most
significant national competition is the national cup, the FA Women's Cup
, followed by the top national
league, the FA Women's Premier
League National Division
. The Premier League has recently
increased in importance because its winner is the only English
representative allowed in Europe
Women's football also has its own Premier League Cup
, limited to the teams
in the Premier League and the regional second divisions.
women's football, the FA allows cup finals to be held at various
men's Premier League/Football League stadia throughout the country
(as opposed to men's finals which are usually held at the national
stadiums); for the 2006-07 season, the League Cup final took place
at Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park, and the FA Cup final will take place at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.
- See main article FA
Women's Premier League
The national league system in women's football in England is the
FA Women's Premier League
This is split into two levels: at the top level is the FA Women's Premier
League National Division
, with relegation to two equal leagues
below this: the FA Women's Premier
League Northern Division
and the FA Women's Premier
League Southern Division
. Teams in these three divisions
compete in the Premier League
Below the Premier League lie the four Combination Leagues, the
, South East
Combinations and below these are eight regional leagues. Below the
regional leagues are the county leagues.
As in the
men's game, some Welsh women's
football clubs compete in the English pyramid.
successful are Cardiff City
the now defunct Barry Town
of which have played in the Women's Premiership.
The women's pyramid