The history of women’s soccer in the UK is wild to me as an American. I was born in ‘84 and played soccer since I was 5. I played three sports at 5, soccer, basketball and baseball. They were all through our local boys and girl’s club. I eventually dropped baseball and stuck with soccer and basketball and moved from boys and girl’s club to our local youth soccer organization. I eventually dropped basketball and played soccer for my middle school and high school and also played on a travel/select soccer team starting at 12. At some point in the mix I tried out for ODP. It’s wild for me to imagine a year before the ‘99 World Cup, little girls weren’t allowed to play soccer in England, meanwhile in the states soccer was something almost all kids started playing at 5. There were no guarantees kids would continue playing as they aged, but the culture around youth teams and sports is so widespread in the US that it’s just something everyone does at one point. I even played on a boys team the first year I started doing the non-boys and girls club soccer league. I think they didn’t have a girls team at that point, but they got one the next year.