The first official Saudi Arabian women’s football league

Saudi Arabia has approved the establishment of a new department to develop women’s football in the kingdom, the latest move in a liberalisation drive.

The board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has appointed Adwa AlArifi to head the department which will develop a strategy and a detailed implementation plan to promote women’s football and expand female participation levels across the kingdom, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia made history with its first Women’s Football League tournament kicking off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams from three of the Kingdom’s major cities.

Taking place in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam, the tournament has been lauded as an important step for the Saudi sports world, with many industry greats throwing their support behind the movement and discussing the event’s importance.

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