Women attend football match for first time ever in Saudi Arabia

Female Saudi supporters of Al Ahli queue at an entrance for families and women at the King Abdullah Sports City

In a historic move permitted by Saudi rulers, a stadium in Saudi Arabia's second city, Jeddah, allowed women to attend a soccer match between two local teams, ABC News reports.

Women could attend the match after strict gender segregation was eased by authority in October a year ago.

To prepare for the change, the kingdom has designated "family sections" in the stands for women. Men and women can only sit together as married couples or if they are directly related. One female was arrested for attending a game in Saudi Arabia back in December 2014.

Previously women could watch matches on television only.

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Some people used the hashtag online to write that women should stay at home to focus on children and preserving their faith, and not at a stadium packed with males.

This set-up of the harsh gender isolation was declared in October 2017, as a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's pushy reforms to revise Saudi society and make better the economy.

There are still many things women are unable to do without permission, such as applying for passports, travelling overseas, opening a bank account and starting certain businesses.

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