Then, in 1921, The FA took the decision to ban women's football, essentially outlawing the game in England, suddenly deeming it ‘quite unsuitable for females’. They ordered clubs to ‘refuse the use of their grounds for women’s matches’ and forbade its members from acting as referees or linesmen at women’s games.
Although the FA claimed that the reason for the ban was to ‘protect’ women, it was widely purported that the growing popularity was seen as a threat to the men's game. The ban, which would last 50 years in total, changed the course of women's football in England forever. Finally, under pressure from UEFA, the ban was lifted in 1971, though even then, no official FA Women’s Football Committee was created until 1993.