Iranian women can now go to the stadium to watch men’s football right at the stadium, this landmark decision is coming 40 years after they were denied this right.
The decision was taken amid heightened pressure from FIFA who has ruled that the female fans will be allowed to attend the men’s soccer World Cub qualifying match in the Islamic Republic in October.
While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams are playing since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June asking it to provide a timeline toward women being able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.
“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” IRNA quoted deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh as saying.
The Asian soccer governing body AFC, which has 47 members including Iran, said on Tuesday it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.
Iranian female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s soccer and occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium. In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly against Syria.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.