Saudi Arabia Stadiums Welcome Female Football Fans For First Time

Female fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The first match that women attended was the Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday Jan. 12.

Meanwhile," the Saudi Arabian government announced the lifting of the ban late last year and as a result, women now be able to enjoyed Saudi Professional League matches. The government directive said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day (Jan. 13) and a third one on January 18.

Women from across the vast Gulf kingdom may be able to take advantage of this new freedom as the first match will be held in the capital Riyadh, the second in Jeddah on the Red Sea and the third in the eastern city of Dammam.

The move is Saudi Arabia's first social reform planned for this year granting women greater rights.

The General Sports Authority is preparing the surrounding squares in the King Abdullah Sports City (Al-Jawhara) with food trucks and a number of sporting and social events to create a distinctive social environment before the matches.

A host of events taking place whilst families enter the King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

The game was scheduled to kick off at 8:00pm, but enthusiasm for the historic encounter began well before the kick-off.

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