Soccer, internationally known as football, is played between two teams of eleven players (and can also be played between two teams of six or seven players, if it is indoor). It is considered by many to be the world’s most popular sport. The rules of the game were originally drafted in “England by The Football Association in 1863. Soccer is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA; French: Fédération Internationale de Football Association) which organizes a series of World Cup tournaments every four years” (Women’s, Men’s, Men’s Club World Cup, U20 Women’s World Cup, and U20 Men’s World Cup).

“Association football has been played by women since at least the time of the first recorded women’s games in the late 19th century. It has traditionally been associated with charity games and physical exercise, particularly in the United Kingdom. This perception began to change in the 1970s with the breakthrough of organized women’s association football. Association football is the most prominent for women in several countries, and one of the few women’s team sports with professional leagues.

The growth in women’s football has seen major competitions being launched at both and level mirroring the male competitions. Women’s football has faced many struggles. It had a ‘golden age’ in the United Kingdom in the early 1920s when crowds reached 50,000 at some matches; this was stopped on 5 December 1921 when England’s Football Association voted to ban the game from grounds used by its member clubs. The FA’s ban was rescinded in December 1969 with UEFA voting to officially recognize women’s football in 1971. The FIFA Women’s World Cup was inaugurated in 1991 and has been held every four years since, while women’s football has been an Olympic event since 1996”.

Excerpts taken from Wikipedia: wiki/Association_football