Harper's Bazaar publishes an ink sketch, "The Girls of the Period—Playing Ball," depicting fashionably dressed young ladies having a kick-about.
June 3, 2019
The women's game is banned in England on the grounds that it's unhealthy. The ban lasts 50 years.
JUNE 23, 1972
President Richard Nixon signs Title IX, banning sex-based discrimination in federally aided activities.
Denmark wins the first (unofficial, non-FIFA-sponsored) women's world championship in a field of eight teams, beating host Italy 2--0. They repeat a year later.
The Dallas Sting wins the first FIFA women's world tourney, in China. No U.S. team, men's or women's, had previously won a major international event.
U.S. Soccer selects its first official women's national team.
Norway's Ellen Wille, the first female to address a FIFA Congress, calls on the mostly male outfit to promote women's soccer.
Testing the idea of a women's World Cup, FIFA holds an invitational event in China. Its success sets up World Cup '91.
The U.S. women beat Norway 2--1 to win that World Cup, in China. The USWNT will win again in '99 and 2015.
Women's soccer debuts at the Olympics in Atlanta, with Mia Hamm and the U.S. beating China 2-1 in the final for gold.
WUSA, the first female pro soccer league in the United States, kicks off with eight teams ... and folds two years later.
FIFA, following a historic election, adds three women (the first ever) to its executive committee.
Forty-plus players file (and later drop) a lawsuit against FIFA over its decision to play the '15 Women's World Cup on artificial turf.
Twenty-eight members of the USWNT file a class action suit against U.S. Soccer, alleging gender discrimination.