Saudi is fast proving itself to be the place to be.
This week, the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the Kingdom’s official Women’s Football League, in an effort to boost female participation in sports. The news comes just two years after women first gained the ability to enter stadiums in Saudi.
The league, debuting in March, will be hosting games in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam and will be open to female athletes over the age of 17.
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, the president of the SFA, announced that “the commencement of the Saudi Women’s Football League is one more major leap forward for the future of our country, our health, our youth, and our ambitions to see every athlete be recognized and nurtured to their fullest capability.”
“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.”
Truly there is no better time to be a woman in sport as just last year, a record-breaking audience of 28.1 million tuned into the BBC’s coverage of the game-changing, history-making FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. Go girls!