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Women’s football has taken massive strides forward in terms of growth and popularity and is now the fastest growing sport in the country. In recognition of this, AFC Wimbledon have decided to drop ‘ladies’ in favour of ‘women’.
The change was approved by the league and the FA and is supported by the wider club.
In recent years a multitude of sporting organisations have modernised their language and have gone ahead and dropped the term ‘ladies’ in exchange for ‘women’ to reflect the growing popularity of women’s sport. Football has been part of that shift, starting with Manchester City in 2014. ‘Women’ is now the norm.
We’ve listened to what others outside the club are telling us, watched what other clubs around us have been doing and looked at how it will stack up with potential women’s sponsors. We are starting a new chapter in our future, with a successful season incorporating games at Plough Lane behind us, runners up in the FAWNL plate, finishing third in the league and looking forward to our first ever back to back friendly with the men’s first team.
It’s now time for AFC Wimbledon to follow suit and there is no better time to make this announcement than now.David Growns, AFC Wimbledon Women Chair
With this change we are also taking the opportunity to change our website and our image on social media.
Many might think that one word doesn’t make that much of a difference, but as a football player myself, I really believe it does. From now on, we will simply call ourselves AFC Wimbledon, and only use Women if we need to differentiate ourselves with the men’s first team. To really show the sport and team the respect and recognition it deserves.
We are lucky to have ambitious and talented teams playing for our very special club. With this change, we will continue to match their professionalism off the pitch too.Sophia Axelsson, General Manager
The upcoming weeks are full of excitement. We are launching our new kit. We are facing Ipswich Town Women at Plough Lane in a first ever double header with the men’s team. We will be revealing our pre-season fixtures. And we’ll be revealing our squad for the new season.
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