Football has come a long way since its foundation in 1888, and none more so than in the past 30 years.
Traditionally a 'man’s game', the wider demographic has experienced an almighty seismic shift. To their credit the FA has placed focus on footballs more social and cultural side, and the early sown seeds are starting to bloom.
More and more people of different ages, culture, gender and ethnic backgrounds participate in the sport; the game is truly expanding and thriving.
One notable improvement has been in the women's game. More now than ever, women and young girls’ teams are on the increase, girls are joining boys teams, women of various ages and occupations are becoming qualified coaches, and there are now more females in the sport than ever before.
On the pitch Hope Powell, Annie Zaidi and Eniola Aluko have made and are making considerable progress. Off it, Heather Rabbatts, Jacqui Oatley and Vikki Orvice are contributing greatly. And the England have captured the imagination of the public, having reached the semi-final stages of the World Cup being held in Canada.
None of these successes have been down to luck or chance, they are due to passion, hard work and commitment.
In the gaming world, EA have for the first time ever in any video game, introduced women's teams via the latest incarnation of the ever popular FIFA series; this step alone is ground-breaking in so much that players worldwide will have the option of choosing women players.
It is a bold yet expected move in an increasingly understanding and inclusive sport. The dream is being realised, women's football is mainstream.
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