The first ever Women’s ‘C’ Certificate Course in Palestine started on Sunday paving the way for improvement in football in the nation and the women’s game specifically.

The course was opened by Dr. Mazen Al Khatib, the Technical Director of the Palestine Football Association (PFA) with Rokkaiyah Al Takhrawi, Head of PFA Women’s Department, also attending the opening ceremony.

Dr. Al Khatib, appearing on behalf PFA President Jibril Rajoub conveyed the President’s message emphasising the importance of the course which was in line with the vision and priority to focus on developing women’s football in Palestine.

He insisted that the participants should work hard to pass the theory and practical exams and to get information as much as they can as it will be highly beneficial for them to qualify and to be recognised as a first-level coach by the AFC in the future.

Dr. Khatib also thanked Jim Selby, the Technical Director of AFC, for his effort to organise the course and Hasan Al Sabah, the AFC Deputy General Secretary and Director of the Education Division for the division’s continuous support to Palestinian football.

FIFA/AFC instructor Connie Selby congratulated and thanked the PFA for their effort to develop women’s football and urged the participating coaches to aim on passing the course.

Rakkaiyah Al Takhrawi welcomed Selby and assured that the PFA will continue the effort to improve women’s football and to prepare future coaches and officials for the women’s game.

She added that even with difficulties that women of Palestine face, there is a strong will to strive and overcome the circumstances to improve themselves and Palestinian football.


  1. Women's Soccer United 9 years ago

    Thank you for another great blog Beverley!

    I understand you will have mixed feelings but lRacheal is following her dream and who knows what other opportunities can develop from her time in the US. Make sure you both have Skype accounts etc and you can video call each other all the time… Although you will need to work out the time difference lol. We will certainly help you find any streams of her matches if they are available.


    I am interested in reading and seeing pics of Racheal playing with her local team before her move.


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