World War One gave birth to women’s football football as a mass participation sport. For the first time ever, thousands of women could play the game they loved. But why did it take a war to give women the opportunity to play the game and why did it disappear so quickly? This week’s ten-minute time tunnel podcast takes a deep dive to explore the link between war, football and women’s struggle to play the game. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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