In a string of reforms as part of a modernisation drive, Saudi Arabia has now announced the launch of a women’s football league. According to the Saudi Sports for All Federation, the first season of the league will be hosted in various cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. The news comes two years after the ban on women entering stadiums was lifted.
Among other reforms enacted the same year was the historic decision to allow women to drive cars. According to SFA President HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud: “Active people, and the bolstering of women in sports and recognition of women’s athletic achievement are all important steps forward. The SFA is excited to see this landmark women-centric competitive series become a reality.”
At the same time, Saudi women have been achieving milestones of their own, blazing new trails in professions of their choosing. Some of those inspiring women include the kingdom’s first female racer, Reema Juffali, and the first female commercial pilot, Yasmeen Al Maimani.