Saudi Arabia’s football federation disclosed that it has decided to introduce the first version of the women’s football league. It’s an excellent decision to promote the role of women in sports which has long been jeered in Saudi Arabia’s conventional society. The federation disclosed that the opening season of a women’s league will commence later this month.
The federation revealed that the November 22 launch is part of a program set up by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation in 2017 to promote women’s football. It has been confirmed that they would be executed in two stages inside the regional league. Federation made it clear that sixteen teams will participate in the first phase with games played in three cities. The 3 cities include the capital Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.
Furthermore, six teams from each region will play in the matches, except in the case of Dammam only four teams will play. Those who are eligible will be able to play in a knockout game at the Kingdom Final Championship which is scheduled to take place early next year in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
In addition, Federation chairman Yasser Almisehal revealed the foundation of a women’s league was a crucial moment for the federation. He stressed that the initiation of the first official league in the Kingdom was one of the SAFF’s goals when establishing a special department for women’s football. Al Misehal clarified that all the rules and regulations for the league have been finalized, underscoring the federation’s willingness to apply them due to the importance of this edition in the path of Saudi women’s football.