You might have seen the news this week about FIFA lifting the ban on hijab and other religious head covers for men and women in official tournaments. We know you footie mad ones out there will love this and we do too!
This is a great development that shows just how far we have come. It means that Muslim women will be able to compete in the world’s most loved sport while keeping the hijab according to their faith. A total game changer!
Previously, FIFA, football’s governing body had banned head covers as it was thought they were a health and safety risk, especially in a contact sport like football, where you risk injury to the head and neck.
In 2011, Iran’s women’s football team even withdrew from an Olympics qualifying match against Jordan in protest against banning them from wearing the hijab.
But following a request by the Asian Football Federation, FIFA agreed to trial test head covers and the results were excellent!
At Ummahsonic Towers, we’re personally very excited about the prospect of seeing Muslim girls make it big on the field like they are off-field! A more inclusive era in football is something many people across the world have been waiting for and this is a great step towards that.
We can’t wait to see Muslim girls and women being able to pursue a sport they love at the highest competitive level without compromising faith and beliefs.