Subbuteo celebrates the women’s FA Cup Final with first all-female football set

Subbuteo has created the world’s first all-female football set to celebrate the women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday.

Unveiled at Wembley, finalists Chelsea Ladies and Arsenal Women have been immortalised in the table-top game in blue and red strips to bring the iconic game to a new generation of fans.

Maker Hasbro teamed up with the FA to create a historic, 100-edition set, launched by England legend Sue Smith –capped 93 times for her country.

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The former Doncaster Belles winger, 38, said: “When I was growing up there were no female football role models to look up to.

“Girls today have players like Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby who can influence them.

“To see a game like Subbuteo – which I played with my brother – bringing out an all-women’s set, shows how far we have come.”

Fans will get a chance to win a set in an FA competition on its social media channels and at the final at Wembley on Saturday.

The game was invented in 1947 by former RAF serviceman Peter Adolph, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

He used a coat button, weighed down with a washer, as the base for the players and early editions of the “flick-to-kick” game came with instructions for marking out a pitch on an old army blanket.

By 1982, seven million fans were playing the game worldwide.

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