Saudi women’s soccer team draws first international match at home – Middle East Monitor

The Saudi Arabian women’s soccer team made history yesterday after playing its first international match on home soil.

The team known as the Green Falcons, led by German coach Monika Staab, drew 3-3 with the visiting Bhutan at Abha’s Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium with a late 90th-minute equalizer from Noura Al-Ibrahim. The Saudi team will face the same opponents again on Wednesday.

Staab was appointed coach last year by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) of the then-newly established women’s national team, just under a year after the formation of the Saudi Women’s Football League.

“Win, lose or draw, these home games are a historic moment in the transformational journey that women’s football is undergoing in Saudi Arabia,” said Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) President Yasser Al-Misehal. .

“In addition to developing and improving on the pitch, the team’s impact is felt by the number of women and girls across the country who are inspired to play and follow soccer.”

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Before yesterday’s match, the Saudi team only played two previous games against Seychelles and Maldives in February, both ending with 2-0 victories and earning praise from the Brazilian football legend. Pele.

On September 15, SAFF opened the first edition of the Saudi Women’s Premier League, with the participation of eight teams. The new season will start on October 13, round trip, with a total of 56 games, reported arab news. The federation also approved the establishment of a Division One starting in November.

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The Saudi women’s national team and national league are seen as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with sport and female empowerment among the areas included in social and economic reforms.

“Sport is an important part of the economy. Football not only adds to the economy directly through the business or marketing side, but also adds to the economy indirectly,” said SAFF General Secretary Ibrahim Al -Kassim, quoted by Gol earlier in the week.

“The importance of football in the country’s Vision 2030 is evident in the fact that Saudi Arabia has made a bid for the hosting rights to the 2027 Asian Cup and the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup,” the article added.

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