On Friday afternoon women were admitted to the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, to watch the al-Ahli team face off against al-Batin. Across the country, two more stadiums (in Riyadh and Dammam) will also admit women for the first time.
In 2016 a woman was arrested after she managed to sneak into a match.
Women, who will still need the permission of their male guardian to attend matches, will be restricted to specially adapted “female only” seating areas, cafes, and smoking zones. Mohammed al-Shalaibi, director of property and construction site 3adad.net, tweeted out images of the Jeddah stadium ahead of the match.