During the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™, the FIFA World Football Museum is staging an exhibition on the history of women's football presented by FIFA Partner Hyundai. The exhibition, entitled "The Women's Game", can be visited at the Jardin Nelson Mandela in Les Halles, Paris, from 15 June until 7 July 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free and it is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.
Women's football has a long history. It has experienced periods of popularity and decline, revealing an incredible resilience, a strong will to play and a continuous struggle for acceptance. In the face of marginalisation and bans around the world, it has survived rejection and embraced revivals to become the game we know today. With countless new stories to discover, the exhibition is divided into three different chapters: the history before 1991; the history of the FIFA Women's World Cups from 1991 to 2015; and the current tournament in France. Each of these three chapters feature a variety of unique, original objects and their fascinating stories – plus the shirts of the 24 participating teams at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the inclusion of the three most important trophies in the history of women's football. Visitors can see the current FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy, as well as one of the two versions of the trophy, made in 1991, presented at the first two Women's World Cups. The other version of that cup was unfortunately stolen in 1997 and has not been found to this day. Visitors can also see the "Golden Angel" trophy, which was the prize at the first unofficial Women's World Championship in 1970 – a tournament that became a landmark success.
In the exhibition's temporary construction at the Jardin Nelson Mandela, Hyundai also presents a painting by UK artist Rachel Gadsden, in which she portrays a legendary female footballer to personify the player's "true passion" and to share her inspiration with all football lovers. Under the motto "True Passion", the Official Automotive Partner of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 has created diverse initiatives to involve and inspire fans, paying tribute to exemplary female footballers along the way.
"Throughout the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, Hyundai Motor has incorporated its long-held support for women's dignity and equal rights into the True Passion campaign," said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai Motor.
Marco Fazzone, the Managing Director of the FIFA World Football Museum, added: "We are honoured and proud to present the exciting history of women's football by bringing the FIFA World Football Museum to Paris during the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 thanks to our esteemed partner Hyundai. Our anticipation of the tournament is as great as our enthusiasm for showing fascinating objects and telling great stories, some of which are not yet widely known."