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Female soccer fans in Saudi Arabia attended their first match ever Friday at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

Some pictures showed women with children entering the stadium, where signs were posted to indicate an entrance for families.

The first football match women are being allowed to attend is a clash between Saudi Premier League clubs Al-Ahli and Al-Batin in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Separately, BBC News reports Saudi Arabia has been hosting its first women's squash tournament this week, and in November of past year, the country introduced the women's basketball tournament for universities, which took place in Jeddah and was attended by about 3,000 women.

"We expect the sales to rise in the hours ahead of the match", said Adel Kabli, the operating manager of e-ticket vendor Makani.

The apps are seen as a lifeline to women with no independent way to get around the kingdom.

Football is the number one sport in Saudi Arabia, where the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. The government's General Sports Authority said this week that three stadiums had so far been modified to accommodate women through the addition of private sections for women and their male relatives, female bathrooms and even prayer areas.

Earlier, on Monday, the Saudi Interior Minister held talks with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

Which matches can women watch?

Saudi Arabia has been slowly granting additional rights to women in recent months in response to demands by activists - but how significant is this latest move? These stadiums were built with hundreds of millions of dollars when oil prices were almost double what they are now.

Saudi Arabia will allow women older than 24 to visit the country without a male guardian as part of a new policy to promote tourism in the kingdom.


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