Women Attend Football Match for First Time Ever in Saudi Arabia


In a first, women in Saudi Arabia attend a soccer match

In 2015, a Saudi woman who tried to attend a football game in Jeddah was arrested after local media said she was spotted by security officers "deliberately disguised" in pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses to avoid detection.

"My daughters still don't believe this is happening".

Ms Swick, who grew up in Maryland and has been living in Saudi Arabia for the past nine years, has attended football games in the U.S. and soccer matches in France, but said she was impressed with how organised Friday night's match was.

Some clubs are offering special abayas in team colours.

Bakharji said she always felt bitter when her brothers came home from stadiums to tell her about the excitement of watching football matches in person. "It's a day of happiness and joy".

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As per the order , the cost of the journey was Rs.8 lakh. "We need to travel like this in future as well", he said. The Kerala high court past year upheld a trial court's decision to discharge Vijayan and two others in the case.

Hours before the game, Saudi clubs were encouraging women to attend through tweets on social media.

"As we speak; Saudi women fans are entering soccer stadiums!" "But thank god that it came in the right time, and hopefully what's to come will be even more lovely for women".

Friday's match was the first in a series that will be open to women: a second is due to take place on Saturday and a third on January 18.

This easing of the strict gender segregation was announced in October 2017, as a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reforms to modernise Saudi society and boost the economy.

Al-Ahl beat their opponents 5-0 in the Saudi Professional League clash.

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