Can you help the UK Web Archive preserve football history?
By Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archiving, British Library
The UEFA Women's Euro 2022 competition is taking place across England from July 6 to July 31, 2022. We’re collecting websites about the 2022 UEFA Women’s EUROs. Nominate a website for us to archive – it’s free and easy to do.
Since the launch of the UK Web Archive in 2005, this is the second time that England has hosted the Women’s European Championships. England hosted the 2005 edition of the tournament, but this is the first time that the UK Web Archive has a dedicated collection on the event. In late 2017, the UK Web Archive started to formally curate sports websites by establishing three main collections on sport. They are the Sports Collection, Sports: Football and Sports: International Events.
The Sports: Football collection is divided into subsections based on the code of football and was given its own collection as football is the most popular sport in the UK. The final collection in this series is Sports: International Events, documents major sporting events mostly hosted in the UK. It is in this collection that the UEFA Women's Euros England 2022 collection will sit.
The British Library is working in partnership with the official Women's Euros cultural programme led by the FA, the National Football Museum and the five other UK Legal Deposit Libraries that make up the UK Web Archive to curate this collection but we also want fans to get involved.
This collection has six subsections that cover events both on and off the playing field:
Cultural Programme: Any websites and social media accounts related to the cultural programme during the tournament. This includes arts, heritage and learning events.
Fans: Websites, blogs and social media accounts written by fans of the sport.
Organisational Bodies/Venues: Football Association, Irish Football Association, match stadiums and local government websites.
Press Media & Comment: News and comment, including the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 landing pages on BBC and other media websites etc..
Sponsors: UK Websites and news articles relating to some of the official sponsors of the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022.
Teams: Websites and social media accounts of players' based in the UK. This will mostly be made up of players from England and Northern Ireland but also a few players from the other countries that qualified for the competition and live in the UK.
We need your help to ensure that information, discussion and creative output related to women’s football are preserved for future generations. Anyone can suggest UK published websites to be included in the UK Web Archive by filling in our nominations form: www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/info/nominate