Iranian women see football match at last


This 10 October 2019 video, in the Farsi language, is about the round 2 football 2022 World Cup qualification match in Tehran, between Iran and Cambodia: goals and highlights.

This 10 October 2019 video says about itself:

Iranian sports journalist Raha Purbakhsh says she ‘can’t believe’ she will be among the thousands of women to freely enter a football stadium for the first time in decades to watch Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. World football’s governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restrictions and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.

Iranian women football fans, ANP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Tears of happiness by women in Iranian stadium

Around four thousand women have visited Iran’s international match against Cambodia in Tehran. For the first time in almost 40 years, women were in the stands during a football match in Iran.

Not entirely correct: on 10 November 2018, in the same Azadi stadium, hundreds of women fans attended the final of the Asian Champions League. It was between Iranian Persepolis and Japanese Kashima Antlers club teams. In October 2018, some hundred women were allowed to attend the friendly match of the Iranian national football team against Bolivia. So, this is the first time that there were so many women at a male national team match.

More than four hours before the kick-off, the first female fans were already present in the Azadi stadium. Some cried with happiness.

The admission of women is seen as a victory in the fight against strict [establishment] Islamic rules and against discrimination against women.

Iranian female fans at the Iran-Cambodia match, ANP photo

The world football association FIFA pressured the Iranian authorities to lift the ban on women in stadiums. Otherwise Iran might be excluded from participating in the 2022 World Cup.

The tragic death of Sahar Khodayari also played an important role. The 29-year-old Iranian set herself on fire in early September, after she was charged with having attended a match disguised as a man. A few days later Khodayari died. …

“The authorities are taking half-hearted steps to tackle discrimination against women who want to watch football. Instead, the Iranian authorities must lift all restrictions on women,” said Amnesty International director Philip Luther.

The World Cup qualifying match ended in a 14-0 win for Iran, much to the delight of the female supporters present.

Iranian women fans in the stadium, photo by NOS / Marcel van der Steen

Iranian women supporters at Iran, Cambodia, photo by NOS / Marcel van der Steen

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Women’s football, the Netherlands 2-Russia 0


This Dutch video shows the highlights of the international women’s football match in Eindhoven between the Netherlands and Russia on 8 October 2019. This was a match in a group in which the winning team will qualify for the next European championship tournament.

The Dutch team won, 2-0.

Their first goal was by Daniëlle van de Donk. She was born 10 minutes away from the Eindhoven stadium and played her 100th international match that evening. She has been playing football since she was 4 years old, then in Valkenswaard football club. Her current club team is Arsenal in England.

The second goal was by Vivianne Miedema. She had to cry after scoring, as her grandfather had died last Saturday. She started playing when she was five years old, in HZVV. Arsenal is now her club team as well.

Women’s football World Cup final today, USA-Netherlands


This 7 July 2019 Dutch video is about the Dutch women’s football national team, preparing for the World Cup final today in Lyon, France, against team USA.

This 7 July 2019 Dutch TV video interviews US American fans in Lyon about which team they think will win.

This video is a Dutch language summary of the match: USA-the Netherlands 2-0.

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Women’s football World Cup, Netherlands-Sweden 1-0


This 3 July 2019 video shows the semi-final match of the women’s football world cup in Lyon in France.

In extra time, the Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 by a goal by Jackie Groenen.

This 4 July 2019 video is called Jackie Groenen – Player of the Match – Netherlands v Sweden.

This photo shows Jackie Groenen when she was small.

This video is about the reactions of the Dutch players after the match.

On Sunday 7 July, also in Lyon, the Netherlands will play the final against the United States team.

This 3 July 2019 Dutch video shows some of the fans of the Dutch team: two young French boys.