Saudi Arabia's women's football team play first match at home in a 3-3 draw against Bhutan

Saudi Arabia's women's football team play first match at home in a 3-3 draw against Bhutan
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25 September, 2022
The Saudi women's match against Bhutan marked its third ever match in the team's history, which saw draw 3-3 against Bhutan at the Sultan bin Abdel Aziz Stadium in Abha on Saturday.
Members of the Saudi women's football team celebrate their goals during their match against Bhutan on Saturday, which saw them draw 3-3 [Getty]

Saudi Arabia’s women football team played on home soil in a friendly match against Bhutan on Saturday at the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha, in a first for the squad.

The match, which ended in a 3-3 draw, marked the team’s third-ever game, having only formed in October last year.

The team will face Bhutan once again in their fourth match in another friendly on 28 September, also to be played at home.

Saudi Arabia’s women’s team had previously only played two matches prior- one against Seychelles and the other against the Maldives in February this year.

The team, known as the Green Falcons, won both matches against both its counterparts earlier this year, both resulting in 2-0 victories.

German Monika Staab has coached the Saudi women’s team since August last year, and also managed the Qatari women’s team between 2012 and 2014.

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Players Al-Bandari Mubarak - who previously scored the team’s first ever goal against the Seychelles -, Bayan Sadaqah and Noura Al-Ibrahim scored the Gulf kingdom’s goals, according to the London-based Arab News.

The increase in participation of female Saudi athletes comes as the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) aims to encourage the inclusion of women in the sport.

In January 2018, Saudi Arabia allowed female football fans to enter stadiums and watch matches for the first time ever, in a landmark move.

Meanwhile, the SAFF established its first official women’s regional football league, which was inaugurated in 2021, with an aim to reach 1,000 players in the "next coming years", according to SAFF president Yasser Al-Misehal, reported Arab News.