Saudi Women Were Able To Attend A Football Match And The Pictures Are Glorious

Women in Saudi Arabia attended football matches for the first time in the kingdom’s history on Friday.

The law change, made in October last year, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s attempts at reforming deeply restrictive laws placed on women in Saudi Arabia.

On Friday afternoon women were admitted to the King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah, to watch the Al Ahli team face off against al-Batin. Across the country two more stadiums (Riyadh and Dammam) will also admit women for the first time.

In 2016 a woman was arrested after she managed to sneak into a match.

Women, who will still need the permission of their male guardian to attend, will be restricted to specially adapted “female only” seating areas, cafes, and smoking zones. Mohammed Al-Shalaibi, director of property and construction site, tweeted out images of the Jeddah stadium ahead of the match.

Female attendants were ready at the Jeddah stadium for the match.

Saudi football clubs tweeted out promotions for their family tickets for the game, as well as messages of support for the decision to admit women for the first time.

And women have been able to buy abayas – the long robe that they must wear in public – in a few of their teams colors since November.

Women celebrated being able to watch matches, with video showing them arriving at the Jeddah stadium.

One of the clubs playing on Friday also tweeted out images of women arriving at the stadium.

Lamya Khaled Nasser, 32, told AFP the ability to go to Jeddah stadium “proves that we are heading for a prosperous future” and that she was “proud” to witness this “massive change” for her country.

Another woman, Noura Bakharji, said she had always been upset that her brothers were able to watch football in the stadium.

“I asked myself repeatedly ‘Why I can’t go?'” she said. “Today, things have changed. It’s a day of happiness and joy.”