Saudi Arabia’s sporting history was made when the SAFF Women’s Premier League got off to a formal start on Thursday night when Al Nasr defeated Samah on the reserve pitch at Riyadh’s Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.
The Regional Women’s Football League, launched last year, has been a huge success, with its three champions in Riyadh (Alyamama), Jeddah (Jeddah Eagles), and Dammam (Eastern Flames), and his 400+ players from 16 teams. You have to participate. Riyadh’s Alma Muraka has won the national championship after his eight-team KO in Jeddah.
The new structure will join traditional Saudi professional league men’s clubs like Asian Champions League champions Al Hilal in the new top league alongside Al Nasr, Al Ahly, Al Ittihad, and Al Shabaab. I was drawn to it.
The newly formed league has not only attracted attention locally but has also welcomed an influx of talented players from the region and around the world.
With a historic prize pool of around $380,500 (SR1.43 million), the Premier League will see eight teams play home and away in a total of 56 games over the next 14 weeks. Meanwhile, the First Division League, which kicks off on November 11th, will see 17 teams from across the kingdom battle it out for a prize pool of around $175,580 (SR 660,000) and the champions will be promoted to the Premier League. The new league reflects significant progress in all areas of women’s football in Saudi Arabia, from youth development to coaching to refereeing.
Last month, the national team played its first game against Bhutan at home ground. In the first game, the hosts recovered from a 3-1 deficit at half-time, and in the final 15 minutes Bandarial-Mubarak and Nora helped him draw 3-3 thanks to Ibrahim’s goal. Secured.
The second game was also a 6-goal thriller for the visitors, which he won 4-2. Led by German head coach Monika Staab, the Saudi Arabian side made their international debut earlier this year with back-to-back victories over the Seychelles and Maldives.
An innovative grassroots investment has also established his three regional training centers that take in hundreds of girls from ages 6 to her 17.
Most recently, the 3rd West Asian Football Association Women’s Futsal Championship was held in Jeddah, where the organizers won a silver medal. SAFF has also announced its intention to host the 2026 Women’s AFC Asian Cup, with the bid focused on growing the game across the continent.