Women attend Football Matches in Saudi Arabia for the First Time

Women attend Football Matches in Saudi Arabia for the First Time

Women attend Football Matches in Saudi Arabia for the First Time

He made that clear last September by allowing women to attend a Riyadh-based stadium last September to celebrate the country's national day.

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter about women entering stadiums garnered tens of thousands of tweets on Friday, with some using the hashtag to share photos of female spectators wearing their team's colours in scarves thrown over their black abayas.

To prepare for the change, the kingdom has designated "family sections" in the stands for women. The women entered the stadium through a special gate, while male supporters filed in through a separate entrance.

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A boy sat next to them in seats that had been reserved for women who come alone or with members of their families, namely male relatives. "I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change", Lamya Khaled Nasser, a 32-year-old fan from the Red Sea city, told AFP.

Saudi Arabia, which was the only country in the world to forbid female drivers, a year ago also allowed women to drive in the country.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the driving force behind the loosened restrictions on women.

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"Today, you brought happiness to every Saudi family and woman who attended the first game", said Reema Bandar Al-Saud, a deputy at the General Sports Authority and part of the Saudi Royal family was quoted as saying by CNN.

Previously women could watch matches on television only.

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