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Female Football Players and Fans

Intruding into a Man's World

  • Gertrud Pfister
  • Stacey Pope

Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Stacey Pope, Gertrud Pfister
    Pages 1-15
  3. Women’s Football and Female Players

  4. Female Football Fans and their Experiences

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-319

About this book


This edited collection draws on social science approaches to provide insights into the world of women’s football and female fans. Providing in-depth analysis of the development of the women’s game in different European countries, it examines both the experiences of female fans of men’s football and women’s views, perceptions and evaluations of women’s football.

Female Football Players and Fans will be of interest to students and scholars in a range of fields, including sports sociology, sport sciences, gender studies, women’s studies and fandom and cultural studies.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gertrud Pfister
    • 1
  • Stacey Pope
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.School of Applied Social SciencesDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Gertrud Pfister is Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author and editor of 17 books and more than 250 articles.  Her main research interest is in gender and sport.

Stacey Pope is Associate Professor at Durham University, UK. Her research interests include gender and sport, sports fandom and the sociology of football and rugby union.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Female Football Players and Fans
  • Book Subtitle Intruding into a Man's World
  • Editors Gertrud Pfister
    Stacey Pope
  • Series Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • Series Abbreviated Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59024-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93275-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59025-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Sport Psychology
    Gender Studies
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“The book provides insight into the complex network of gendered experiences that can be part of playing and spectating football. … Female Football Players and Fans there for is an important contribution to increasing the knowledge and raising awareness of women’s football, and perhaps encouraging people to question their own preconceptions and understandings of this sport.” (Lise Joern,, September, 2018)​