Unsuitable for females is an arts event marking the centenary of the 1921 FA ban on women’s football. It’s a chance to celebrate the history of the women’s game, considering where it is today and imagining it’s future.
On December 5th 2021 it will be one hundred years since the Football Association banned women’s football stating that “the game of football is unsuitable for females and should not be encouraged”. The ban stood for 50 years.
Artist Sarah Lang’s involvement with women’s football, as a founder of Limehouse Laces, a community girls football club, is an important part of her life and her art practice. This event to mark the centenary runs from November 25th to December 5th at Art in the Docks Space in the Royal Docks. It brings brings together Sarah’s work with that of other artists as well as a full schedule of talks and activities. Speakers include sports journalist Carrie Dunn, author of “Pride of the Lionesses” and “The Roar of the the Lionesses” ; Tim Tate, author of “Girls With Balls - the secret history of women’s football” and Anastasia Kutcha, an artist, designer and footballer who designed the 1921 commemorative kit for Goaldiggers FC.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate the pre-ban pioneers of women’s football who played in front of crowds of tens of thousands, before being erased from the game at the stroke of a pen; to consider the present state of the game and how, despite recent progress, the effects of the ban still linger and to look forward and imagine a future where it truly is the beautiful game.
Below is an events schedule from 25 November- 5 December relating to workshops and talks you can attend.
For more information contact: Sarah Lang.
Website : www.sarahlangart.co.uk
Amanda Lewis - Football Development Manager for Women & Girls at London FA said “Thankfully a lot has changed since 1921, and Women and Girls football is now top of our agenda. Participation has doubled across London over the last two years and we continue to look for new ways to support and develop the female game”.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Female Friendly Club - register for the free FA workshop on Thursday 2nd December (other dates available), and download the toolkit here
Also - watch this space for news about the new female recreational football league starting in January!