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Louise McGing, secretary of AFC Leyton, one of the largest women-only football clubs in the UK with more than 700 players, said the World Cup has boosted interest and participation in clubs like theirs. “We were created five years ago because we believe girls need a safe place to train, that was just for them, where they are the priority.”

“The World Cup showed we play just as strong a game as the men, but there’s less rolling around on the floor and less drama. It’s just about playing the sport properly.”

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