Saudi Arabia has launched the country’s first ever women football league. The cities of Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam are the places where the matches will be played.
Ladies from ages 17 are expected to participate in the league. This is one of the Islamic nation’s attempts to erase its conservative rhetoric, especially on women participation in social events.
The federation said “The launch of the (league) bolsters women’s participation in sports at the community level and will generate increased recognition for women’s sports achievements”.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has in a bid to bring about change, introduced a series of reforms including allowing concerts, reopening cinemas, and lifting a prohibition on women.
It wasn’t until 2018 that women were for the first time allowed to enter a football stadium to watch a game.