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Saudi Arabia announced its first women’s soccer championship

The Saudi Arabian Soccer Federation announced the launch of the first league of soccer female professional, which will begin on November 22 with th


The Saudi Arabian Federation announced the launch of the first of soccer female professional, which will begin on November 22 with the participation of 16 teams, at a time when the ultra-conservative kingdom is trying to give an image of openness abroad.

The Federation It said in a statement that the national competition will be held in two phases, involving 16 teams from three regions of the kingdom.

The will be played in three cities: the capital, Riad; Jeddah, On the banks of Red Sea; and in the port town of Dammam, in the east of .

Each of these regions will have the participation of six teams, with the exception of Dammam, which will have four.

Likewise, the first three teams in the table in Riad and Jeddah and the first two of Dammam qualify for the final round of the championship, which will be held at the stadium King Abdullah, on Jeddah, in early 2022.

Soccer fans in Saudi Arabia

In mid-September, Saudi Arabia inaugurated training centers for Saudi girls and young to promote the sport among women, and in particular to promote the first official league and the first women’s soccer team in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Already in 2019, a team of young Saudis participated in a women’s soccer championship with other unofficial teams from the Gulf’s Arab neighbors Persian, and managed to finish third.

Until 2017, girls were not taught physical education in public schools in Arabia Saudi and, in 2018, the authorities allowed women to enter sports stadiums for the first time.

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