WAFF Women's Committee Launches it's 2021 Competitions Agenda

Monday 03/05/2021
The Women's Committee of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) held a meeting on Wednesday April 28, 2021, in which proposals were presented for the competitions agenda for the current year 2021 and the resumption of competitions in preparation for the next AFC entitlements after the forced halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Khalil Al Salem, General Secretary of WAFF attended the meeting, which was held via video-conference, chaired by Suzanne Shalabi (Palestine), with the presence of the vice-president Amal Bu Shalakh (UAE), and the committee members Sheikha Noura Al Sabah (Kuwait), Stephanie Al Naber (Jordan), and Sheikha Dwa Bint Khalid Al Khalifa (Bahrain), and Rana Nakhle (Lebanon). 

At the beginning, Shalabi welcomed the members of the committee and the entry of Rana from Lebanon, noting that it constitutes a qualitative addition to the committee; and wishing that the month of Ramadan will return to everyone with health, goodness, and physical meetings with the end of the pandemic. 

"The Lebanese Football Federation is taking beautiful steps with women's football by working to develop female staff in the fields of training and arbitration, and it is considered an example to be emulated in all West Asian football federations. Yesterday we celebrated the Lebanese referee, Doumouh Al Bakkar for leading an official match for men in the professional league, an achievement that deserves respect." 

She added, "Recently, we are witnessing an increasing interest in preparing women’s cadres in all fields throughout West Asia, which bodes well for the coming years, and despite the pandemic, the achievements have not stopped through the continuous workshops and the remarkable increase in the number of participants and work is underway in full swing to develop the game." 

In her turn, the Director of Administrative Affairs at WAFF, Orouba Al Hussaini, presented the agenda of the meeting, having the previous meetings approved, in addition to discussing the strategy and plan of the developmental workshops regarding the women's sector with the aim of developing it in the region. 

Through this plan, WAFF seeks to play an effective role in building competencies and capabilities for female workers in the region, as it organized many workshops for member associations to help them prepare women’s technical and administrative staff, in addition to setting up a plan to develop female referees and increase their number and work in the coming days on intensifying arbitration workshops. 

The committee reviewed the workshops organized by WAFF in the previous period, and the next training courses were discussed in line with the needs of the member associations, most notably safeguarding, match-fixing, anti-doping, beach soccer, sports for development, electronic football, football for people with disabilities, club licensing, and others. 

In the same context, the committee discussed developments related to the La Liga collaboration agreement and the plan to develop women's football in Iraq and Oman in all fields, as La Liga works, after an in-depth study, to develop a long-term strategy to begin implementing in reality. 

Meanwhile, the committee agreed to the recommendations proposed by the WAFF competitions department, to hold the 7th WAFF Women Championship in Jordan from June 7-15 or July 8-19, and the 3rd U15 and U18 Girls Championship in Lebanon from July 25 to August 5, and August 28 to the September 8, respectively, and the 2nd WAFF Women Clubs Championship during the month of December. 

Abeer Al Rantisi, Head of Competitions at WAFF, revealed the resumption of women's futsal by organizing the 3rd WAFF Women Futsal Championship in preparation for the Asian Qualifiers in 2022, especially that this tournament is receiving great interest in the region. 

At the end of the meeting, Al Salem thanked the committee for its cooperation, especially in light of the difficult circumstances that the world is witnessing, stressing WAFF's insistence and determination to come up with an agenda that suits all member associations and serves the teams in their upcoming entitlements after a long stop. 

Al Salem indicated that WAFF is keen to resume all its competitions, placing among its top priorities women's football, for which workshops will be allocated in all fields on the sidelines of the upcoming competitions.