For the first time in history, the German Football Association (DFB) has included twelve former female players to be recognised in the country’s Hall of Fame.
The recognition was granted to twelve women who helped shape women’s football in Germany, and those chosen were awarded at a ceremony in Dortmund. The likes of Silvia Neid, Silke Rottenberg, Steffi Jones, Nia Künzer, Renate Lingor, Bettina Wiegmann, Inka Grings and Tina Theune all received an award to acknowledge the work they’d done for the women’s game.
The ceremony came at a momentous time, with next year marking 50 years since the ban on women’s football in Germany was overturned by DFB. Following the eradication of the ban, it then took another 12 years for a women’s national team to be formed in 1982 and since then, Germany’s female footballers have experienced many exceptional achievements.
Throughout the night, those collecting their awards spoke of the need for “increased recognition” of female footballers as well as highlighting the positive growth of the game. In attendance was one of the unofficial women’s teams, Fortuna Dortmund, who opposed the DFB’s ban in the 1950s.