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The women's game is blossoming worldwide. Women's soccer is now officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is included as a full medal sport. It has also received its official recognition from FIFA, (soccer's powerful international governing body) with the staging of official Women's World Cup tournaments. But all the recognition is new to women's soccer.
The steps taken:
Countries all around the world are promoting women's teams, and the competition in women's international soccer is intense. Women's soccer is part of a revolution in the way women's sports are perceived. A growing number of people are finally taking women's sports seriously. And it's about time. Visit tons of International Links
- During the 1960s, eastern European countries started to encourage women to participate in soccer.
- And by 1971, there was organized women's soccer in some 34 countries. And an unofficial World Championship was held in Mexico.
- By 1991, 65 countries fielded women's teams, and FIFA successfully staged an official Women's World Cup in China.
- Then a second women's World Cup was held in 1995. Less successful than the first in terms of attendance.
- A major breakthrough for women's soccer came at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where women's soccer was included as a full medal sport for the first time. The final, between the US and China, drew a crowd of 80,000 fans, the largest crowd ever to attend a women-only sporting event.
- In the 1999 Women's World Cup the U.S. Women's soccer team won.
- Then the 2000 Olympics was held in Australia.
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