Claudia Krobitzsch is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the German Football Association (DFB). Having worked across Europe as an activist organiser and campaigner fighting racism and discrimination in football with Fare Network, she reflects on who drives changes in football and the role of history.
A picture published 95 years ago today of two captains of women’s football teams gives us a lens to look at most of the 20th century, as well as at a personal history of friendship.
Florrie Redford was a leading pioneer of women’s football, and a star centre-forward for Dick, Kerr Ladies in the 1920s playing in England, France and the United States. Her story is about pioneering in Women’s Football.
Bibiana Steinhaus was the first female referee in men’s professional football in Germany. Her story is about inclusion and diversity.
Stephanie Frappart was chosen to referee the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul, between Liverpool and Chelsea. Her story is one of equality, diversity and breaking the mould.
Carolina Morace caused a sensation as the first woman ever to coach a men’s professional team. Her story is one about identity and fighting against the odds.