Radia Fertoul

By Riyan Al Jidani

Women’s football coaches in Arab countries

The 2018 African Women’s Cup in Ghana saw the emergence of Algerian coach Radia Fertoul, who oversaw the Algerian women’s national team several months before the start of the tournament, replacing former coach Azzedine Chih.

It is rare for an Arab coach to compete in continental competitions, even in women’s tournaments. The presence of Algerian Fertoul in the African Championship demonstrates the awareness of the Arab federations of the importance of empowering women in training.

But, she is not the only one who work in the training profession. The number of female coaches in the Arab world has increased. Some of them are leading their national teams, and others have taken a unique step: supervising men’s teams.

Houriya Al Taheri – UAE

She started her coaching career with the Al-Wehda women’s team, then Assistant Coach of the UAE women’s team, and coach for the UAE women’s team with the UAE women’s U-19 team.

lamia Boumehdi – Morocco

The injury prevented her from completing her career as a Moroccan women’s player. She began her training journey by joining the Wydad Athletic team, and the Moroccan women’s U-17 team.

Maram Al Butairi – Saudi Arabia

The absence of women’s official competition in Saudi Arabia did not prevent the emergence of Saudi coach Maram Al-Batiri, who helped her team “Eastern Flames” to qualify for the second round of the tournament Khalid bin Hamad for girls 2018 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Since last year, she has been training for players over the age of 16, now training her current team in local and Gulf competitions.

Salma Almajdi – Sudan

Sudanese Salma Al Majdi succeeded in being the first Arab woman to train a men’s team with Al-Ahli Al-Gudarif to be one of the most famous coaches in Arab.

This rare achievement made FIFA choose her to take part in the technical guidance program in Zurich 2018

Maha Janoud – Syria

Syrian Maha Janoud is the second Arab woman to work with a men’s team after Sudanese Salma Al-Majidi, with Al-Muhafza team, as assistant coach since 2018.

Naima Laouadi – Algeria

Having a great history as a player, the Algerian Football Federation has decided to appoint Naima Laouadi as coach for Algeria’s under-17 women’s team.

In the 1990s she was known as “Maradona” for her individual skills and for her success in playing in Europe with German and French teams.

Rawh Al Arfaj – Saudi Arabia

The absence of official women’s football tournaments in Saudi Arabia did not prevent the Saudi coach Rawh Al Arfaj from establishing the team “Challenge” in the capital Riyadh, and then obtained training license category (A) of the AFC and the International Federation of Football.

Fayza Hidar – Egypt

Egypt’s Fayza Haidar has succeeded in becoming the first Egyptian to receive the training certificate from the England Football Federation.

1 Comment
  1. WSU 3 years ago

    Great article, thank you @riyan

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