Please note: The museum will be closing early on 2 & 3 December, and closed for the full day on 6 & 12 December. Click here to learn more.

Suitable for Females: 100 Years on in Women’s Football Calendar

5 December 2021 - 5 December 2021
All day


Suitable for Females landscape

On the 5th of December 1921, the FA deemed football unsuitable for females, banning the use of FA member clubs’ grounds for women’s football matches.

On Sunday 5th of December 2021, we’re commemorating the centenary of that ban, and celebrating the enduring impact and ever-growing popularity of the women’s game, with a host of family-friendly activities and events.

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Make Your Own Timeline

11am - 2pm, Match Gallery (landing area)

Our artist-in-residence created the amazing banner on display above the Pitch Gallery. Now, we are inviting you to get involved in creating your very own football timeline. You can add whatever you please to the timeline, be it your own footballing experiences and future aims, or the life and career of your favourite player! Suitable for all ages.

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Women’s Football Tours

11am, 1pm & 2pm, Match Gallery

Join one of our gallery interpreters for an eye-opening tour of women’s football history. Learn more about wartime football and the dominant Dick, Kerr Ladies, the ban and its subsequent impact, the efforts of the independent WFA to keep the game alive, and its growth in the past thirty years. It's also an opportunity to see our new Lily Parr display, and see the actual FA minutes from that fateful day in 1921!

Wiki Edit-a-thon

11am - 12pm, 1 - 2pm, Match Gallery

Play your part in contributing to women's football history. Our Wikipedian-in-residence will guide you through the process whilst updating records using our archives and resources. Come and help us write history in person, or help out at home by updating the same records. We’ll be keeping you posted with our progress on social media through-out the day, so be sure to keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for updates.

Create the Space 100 years Crowdcast

Create the Space talk: 100 years on in women’s football

Pitch Gallery

We will be screening our latest Create the Space talk, held in association with the Football Supporters’ Association, throughout the day in the Pitch Gallery.

Learn more about the ban, its impact and the game’s perseverance with host Anita Nneka Jones, the FSA’s Deborah Dilworth, Stonewall’s Liz Ward, professor Jean Williams, National Football Museum curator Belinda Scarlett and our latest Hall of Fame inductee, former England captain Carol Thomas.

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