Women attend football matches in Saudi Arabia for first time
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 15, 2018,
Jan 15, 2018, 1:14
Meanwhile in a historic decision in late 2017, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an nearly three decade ban based on religious reasons.
The driving and football developments are the latest in a series of social reforms ordered by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who wields extraordinary power. In recent months, the kingdom has broken with some of its most rigid rules - lifting a ban on cinemas, announcing that women will be allowed to drive, and allowing genders to mix at a national celebration.
The call for applicants comes after the country granted women the right to drive in September.
Soccer is very popular in Saudi Arabia, with many fans of global and local leagues, but female enthusiasts long had to content themselves with watching their favorite teams on television. "I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change", she told AFP.
According to ABC News, women will be kept apart from men for much of their stadium experience, and will be required to enter through separate entrances, sit in an area designated for them, and can only use stadium facilities and areas marked for women.
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In November 2017, the Jeddah Women's Championship organized the first women's basketball tournament in Saudi Arabia, which was held in Al Jawhara Stadium.
The powerful crown prince's "Vision 2030" programme for a post-oil era stems partly from an economic motive to boost domestic spending on entertainment as the kingdom reels from an energy slump.
"I always watched games on TV while my brothers went to the stadiums..."
However, Farah said that she'll wait and see if many other females will start driving before she'll consider driving herself. "It's a day of happiness and joy". (Picture: Reuters) Saudia Arabia was the last country in the world to allowe women to get behind the wheel.
The move to open up stadiums to women for the first time was announced last October.