New Sound at Saudi Soccer Game: Women Cheering From the Stands

Ahead of the soccer game, there was another small sign of change: the country’s first car showroom dedicated to female customers was opened.

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Men and women seated together in the families section cheered.

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Tasneem Alsultan for The New York Times

But for the soccer game, a former Saudi sports journalist shared a photo of female ushers preparing to greet the female fans and their families.

Women cheered as an announcer read the names of the players, and as the teams faced off.

Soccer is very popular in Saudi Arabia, with many fans of international and local leagues, but female enthusiasts long had to content themselves with watching their favorite teams on television.

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Although tickets were only 20 riyals ($5.33), the family section for Friday’s match was less than half full.

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