But this year, there are at least 14 openly gay or bisexual women playing in the Canada World Cup – that’s exactly 14 more than the men’s World Cup last year.
The world of sport may still be a hostile place for many LGBTI athletes.
With its long history of homophobia, there are precious few openly gay men in the entire football industry, despite efforts to encourage tolerance and equality in sport.
But she’s been surrounded by football all her life, as the daughter of accomplished professional footballer Sven Dhalkvist.
The 28-year-old midfielder is an out lesbian, having come out publicly back in 2008.
Nilla Fischer is a Swedish player known for her strong competitive spirit.
She has a passionate commitment to gender equality and gay rights, saying: ‘As an athlete, I wish to prevent all forms of discrimination within sport, such as sexism, homophobia and racism.But above all, I wholeheartedly support everyone’s right to practice sports. ’ The 30-year-old married her girlfriend Maria Micheala in 2013, and was named ‘LGBTQ Person of the Year’ in 2014 in Sweden.Isabell is a 26-year-old Norweigan player, the daughter of famous international footballer Kai Erik Herlovsen.She was the winner of the Golden Boot award for most goals, and winner of Player of the Year in the W-League 2009.Out and proud, she has said there was no big revelation of her sexuality – she has never been in the closet.That is the real story behind all the years of controversy and derring-do' - Billy Keane in the foreword to Eoin Hand's new biography First Hand: My Life and Irish Football A Fianna Fáil politician is calling for a big tax break for all workers who dealt with the fallout of Ex-hurricane Ophelia - whether rescuing people, clearing roads of trees or fixing the slew of downed power lines across the country.