In a bid to improve women’s football in West Asia, a conference titled ‘Women’s football in West Asia: Moving forward’ began in the Jordanian capital.
FIFA Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin al Hussein chaired the conference which was attended by AFC Vice-President and Chairman of the AFC Women’s Committee Moya Dodd and representatives from UEFA, The FA and West Asian football associations.
The conference aims to identify the obstacles facing women’s football in West Asia and to make recommendations to develop their game.
Speaking at the outset, HRH Prince Ali said: “We are hosting this gathering with the objective of first identifying the challenges in women’s football in West Asia, and second to discuss how women’s football can move forward by improving competitions and encouraging more investment in women’s football development. Football can be a useful platform for social development as well.
“Our first women’s football gathering almost two years ago here in Amman tackled the issue of the headscarf in football. It was the kick-off point of a year-long campaign to end the ban and offer a safe sports design for women to wear on the pitch. Thanks to the support from the international sporting community, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) made a favourable decision and reversed the ban removing barriers for women in our region to participate.
“I am confident our discussions will enable us to make concrete recommendations for the next steps for the way forward for women’s football in our region. We have a lot of potential, let us make it happen”.
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