Women's Committee Plans to Improve Football in the Region

Sunday 02/08/2020

The Women's Committee of the West Asian Football Confederation emphasized its endeavors to develop the women's sector at the regional level, and to achieve concrete achievements through the positive results in the various tournaments.

The Women’s Committee held its first meeting chaired by Susan Shalaby, Secretary General of the Palestinian Federation, alongside members Amal Bo Shalakh from the Emirates, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee, Sheikha Nora Al-Sabah (Kuwait), Stephanie Al-Naber (Jordan) and Sheikha Hessa Al Khalifa (Bahrain) who attended on behalf of Dawa Bint Khalid Al Khalifa, in the presence of the Secretary General of the West Asian Federation Khalil Al Salem.

Al-Salem opened the meeting which was held at the "Swiss-Bel Hotel Seef" in Bahrain, with a welcome speech to the new committee, thanking them for their continuous support of the game.

The Secretary-General emphasized the role that the committee will play in supporting women's football schemes in the region, as it includes members who represent unions with an active presence with the women's football and have reached advanced stages, and are constantly working to raise the level of the game and its progress in the region.

Also, he thanked Al-Bahrain For hosting the second waff u18 chamionship, praising the Bahrain Federation's efforts in organizing and making the tournament a success.

In addition, Shalaby expressed her happiness for the return of the committee after a break that lasted about 6 years, stressing that the committee will seek to make this year a new beginning for the women's football. She also, appreciated Al-Bahrain for hosting the championship, while thanking Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein for reviving and activating the committees and launching a series of activities and courses during the past year that will continue until the current year.

Shalaby continued: The reactivation of the committee with this launch and momentum of the feminist ball leads us to optimism and work with greater effort and a qualitative shift in the technical, medical and all aspects of the game.

Shalaby reviewed the women's tournaments that were held in the year 2019, praising it’s success and assuring that the work will be completed to bring about greater success and development.

After the committee approved its last session, held on 28/22/2014 in Kuwait, it moved to discuss the matters of the 2020 competitions and approved to Kuwait to host the U-15 championship in its third edition in November 2020, UAE host the third u-18 women's championship next December, after the committee’s approval.

As part of its strategy to develop women's football, after the organization of the first women's club championship during the year 2019, which achieved great success at all technical and administrative levels, the Federation of West Asia seeks to organize a women's club championship during the year 2020 that will be hosted by the city of Aqaba in Jordan late this year.

It was also agreed to organize the women's championship in its seventh edition during the year 2021 as a preparatory championship for the Asian qualifiers, due to the absence of the women's teams on the AFC agenda this year.

In order to develop the tournament, the number of participating teams will be raised to eight teams, so that the door for participation will be opened for all member countries and invite the team that ranked first in the local league to participate in the tournament.