During the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, the FIFA World Football Museum is staging an exhibition on the history of women’s football presented by FIFA Partner Hyundai. The exhibition, entitled ‘The Women’s Game’, can be visited at the Jardin Nelson Mandela in Les Halles, Paris, from 15 June until 7 July 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free and it is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.
Women’s football has a long history. It has experienced periods of popularity and decline, revealing an incredible resilience, a strong will to play and a continuous struggle for acceptance. In the face of marginalisation and bans around the world, it has survived rejection and embraced revivals to become the game we know today.
With countless new stories to discover, the exhibition is divided into three different chapters: the history before 1991, the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cups from 1991 to 2015, and the current tournament in France. Each of these three chapters feature a variety of unique, original objects and their fascinating stories – plus the shirts of the 24 participating teams at France 2019.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the inclusion of the three most important trophies in the history of women’s football. Visitors can see the current FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy, as well as one of the two versions of the trophy, made in 1991, presented at the first two Women’s World Cups. The other version of that cup was unfortunately stolen in 1997 and has not been found to this day. Visitors can also see the ‘Golden Angel’ trophy, which was the prize at the first unofficial Women’s World Championship in 1970 – a tournament that became a landmark success.