IFAB, which comprises four representatives from the world governing body FIFA and four from the British associations, also agreed in principle to overturn the decision they took in 2007 and will now allow Islamic women footballers to wear a hijab, or headscarf, when they play football.

The hijab decision was taken after a presentation to the Board by FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, and was agreed by all eight members, It will also be subjected to further testing with a view to a final decision on July 2.

“I am deeply grateful that the proposal to allow women to wear the headscarf was unanimously endorsed by all members of IFAB,” Prince Ali said.


“I welcome their decision for an accelerated process to further test the current design and I’m confident that once the final ratification at the special meeting of IFAB takes place, we will see many delighted and happy players returning to the field and playing the game they love.”


Women’s football has come a long way, as we have experienced in the last Women’s FIFA World Cup, the Iranian team had to forfeit an Olympic women’s qualifier match against Jordan last June because the players refused to play without the hijabs



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  2. Sebastian Kanty 10 years ago

    i thought it was allowed to wear them, by this article it says that it wasn’t so…then how come have these teams operated for almost five years without fifa doing anything about it…even if it was only in those countries?…strange…

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