Earlier this month women made their debut at the crease in a cricket tournament and now they’ll soon be in action on the football pitch too, only a little younger this time.
The Oman Football Association (OFA) has finally approved a women’s football league to start next year. To build up a strong future for the women’s game, the focus is on training up girls aged from six to 12 years.
Indoor football matches will be held in Muscat early next year, starting in Muscat and moving to other parts of Oman.
An OFA official said that it will coordinate with the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Education to pick students who are interested in football from schools across the Sultanate. Indoor practice areas will also be built in more girls schools to develop the game. “It is a new game for women here, so we have to be well prepared for that if we are serious about it.” Saada bint Salim bin Mohammed al Ismaili, Director of the Department of Women’s Sports at the Ministry of Sports Affairs told a local newspaper.
She described the league as signaling a “bright future for Omani women footballers.”
In conservative communities, women playing football is still frowned on. The Oman women’s national football team was disbanded a few years ago.