1980s

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The long-awaited regulation of women’s football occurred in March, 1983. The steady decline of military dictatorship and the contributions of social movements – including feminist – contributed to making reality the football practice among women. Clubs and championships emerged in all regions of the country, giving rise to a wish prohibited for than 40 years. This regulation presented differences in relation to men’s football, such as: 70 minutes with intervals of 15 to 20 minutes; the ball with a diameter between 62 and 66 centimeters and a maximum weight of 390 kilograms (the standard of men’s ball is 68cm to 70cm in diameter and weight from 410 to 450 kilograms). Players should wear cleats without metal or pointed cleats; and they weren’t allowed to change shirts with opponents after a match.

Text: Women, disobedience and resilience’s Exhibition (Football Museum)
Copyright: Suzana Cavalheiro representing Isis Pop near a player from Atlético Mineiro. Belo Horizonte, 1983. Suzana Cavalheiro’s Collection (Football Museum)

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