A Football First For Saudi Women

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The introduction of women to soccer matches in Saudi is part of reforms in the Kingdom with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, seen by many as the face of that change.

Three Saudi Arabian stadiums - the King Abdullah Stadium, the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, and Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam - have been outfitted with special family sections for women to sit during matches.

"This event proves that we are heading for a prosperous future".

Reema said the day marked a historic moment for the kingdom.

Previously women could watch matches on television only.

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A Football First For Saudi Women

At the Jiddah stadium Friday, young Saudi women wearing bright orange vests over their abayas were deployed to help with the female crowds.

Al-Ittihad, one of the country's top football clubs, is scheduled to play in a derby game in front of mixed spectators on Saturday.

The first stadium is to open its doors to women in the Red Sea city of Jiddah today.

The Saudi General Sports Authority made a statement that it is ready to make all the compulsory preparations to generate an attractive sports ambiance for families and to make sure their privacy.

Women fans filed into a stadium in the city of Jeddah on Friday, through family gates into family seating.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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