Classic table-top football game gets an all-female Subbuteo team!

In an era of hi-tech gaming, Xboxes and PlayStations, it seems a throwback to a very different, old-fashioned age.

While today’s youngsters are to be found hunched over a screen zapping the enemy in a computer-generated and often nightmarish setting, children in the 1960s and 70s lived in a simpler fantasy land.

For many boys – and it was mostly boys – this consisted of flicking tiny plastic models of their football heroes across a green felt pitch as they tried to propel the oversized ball into the net. 

The FA and the game's maker, Hasbro, revealed the limited edition version of the table football game ahead of the SSE Women's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 5

The FA and the game's maker, Hasbro, revealed the limited edition version of the table football game ahead of the SSE Women's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 5

English footballer Sue Smith (left) and FA head of marketing for women¿s football Marzena Bogdanowicz at Wembley Stadium playing with the first all-female Subbuteo set

English footballer Sue Smith (left) and FA head of marketing for women’s football Marzena Bogdanowicz at Wembley Stadium playing with the first all-female Subbuteo set

And even though it has fallen behind the times, Subbuteo retained a place in hearts and minds, as well as in popular culture, where it has featured in pop songs, plays and films.

Now the game has hauled itself into the 21st century in at least one respect – by launching its first female teams.

Bosses say the move reflects the rapid growth of women’s football.

The FA and makers Hasbro revealed the limited edition version of the game ahead of the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium this Saturday, with the Subbuteo figures wearing the colours of finalists Arsenal and Chelsea. 

The FA said the new version supported its objective to tackle barriers within the women’s game.

The set includes 22 outfield players and six substitutes, each hand-moulded and painted with their own characteristics – and detailing that is clearly female.

The classic Subbuteo box has also been given a new design. 

Each of the figures of the Subbuteo set are wearing the colours of finalists Arsenal and Chelsea

Each of the figures of the Subbuteo set are wearing the colours of finalists Arsenal and

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