First time ever - Saudi women enter stadium to watch soccer

In a first, women in Saudi Arabia attend a soccer match

Females were in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to witness Al-Ahli defeat Al-Batin 5-0.

Women were allowed to attend a football match for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Saudi women made a new history on Friday by attended the Saudi professional League game in Jeddah, an activity that was limited to men for decades.

In a first, women in Saudi Arabia attend a soccer match

"Honestly this decision should have happened a long time ago", said Muneera al-Ghamdi, an attendee.

The company plans to open more automobiles showrooms for women in the oil-rich kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has allowed women to spectate at a stadium sporting event for the first time.

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A football match on Saturday in the capital Riyadh will also be welcoming women fans.

These recent reforms are under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is attempting to make the Kingdom more moderate.

"Today the percentage of those who participate in exercise and sports is only 13 percent", said Hayfaa al-Sabban, who heads a sport organisation.

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In October, the Saudi General Sports Authority, a state agency, announced that three stadiums, up to now male-only facilities, would be prepared to be ready for families, including the allocation of special places for seating and entrances.

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