Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is getting ready to host the first Gulf Women's Football Tournament, which kicks off Friday.
The Green Hall at Al-Khobar Sports City will be the venue for the Gulf Women's Football Tournament, which is being held under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province.
Saudi clubs participating include Al-Shuala Al-Sharqiyah, Al-Yamamah, Lourdes, United Eagles, Royals, Jeddah Eagles, and Kings' Union.
The teams have been practicing four days a week, with every session lasting around three hours. Some of the team played friendly games in Riyadh and the Eastern Province to be in good shape, said Sana Al-Ateeq, general manager of one of the organizing companies.
We are looking forward to a special family day because the tournament is for families and not just for the players.
Al-Yamamah player Luma Al Enezi said her team was ready to play and compete for the cup.
We are keen on representing the Kingdom in the best possible way, especially since officials have provided all factors to ensure the success of the tournament, she said. We have been practicing very hard to be able to play our best games and win.
Last January Saudi female football fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in the Kingdom, in line with reform plans to encourage women to participate in sports.
Teams from the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain are also taking part in the tournament. It runs until March 6.
Source: International Islamic News Agency