Hope and glory: 10 moments that changed women’s football in England | England women’s football team

The Hope Powell effect

Powell deserves recognition as a pioneer of the sport. Her appointment as the first full-time England manager in 1998 and subsequent 15-year period at the helm were pivotal. A former player with 66 international caps, she instigated massive reform while in charge, fighting the FA for facilities, the establishment of a national pathway, and central contracts. The latter, of which there were 17 initially, gave players the chance to become full-time footballers. They are seen as one of the first steps in the sport’s professionalisation.

Hope Powell’s 1998 appointment brought huge reforms to the game in England, including the establishment of a national pathway.
Hope Powell’s 1998 appointment…

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