Women’s football in the Middle East is set to take a giant leap when the Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup kicks off in Jordan on Friday, with the host nation taking on Spain at Amman International Stadium.
As participants and hosts it’s a step into the unknown for Jordan, but Wael Al Qadi, executive board member of the Jordan Football Association and of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) says the country is ready for the challenge of holding the matches in Amman, Irbid and Al Zarqa.
“The organisation for the tournament started over two years ago and a lot of work has gone into getting Jordan ready for this historic event,” Al Qadi, also President of Bristol Rovers, said. “The whole infrastructure for four stadiums along with eight training pitches in the kingdom have been redeveloped and brought up to a high, modern, international standard which is essential and bodes well for the future of football in Jordan.
Jordan 2016 is the fifth time the U17 Women’s World Cup has been held after New Zealand (2008), Trinidad and Tobago (2010), Azerbaijan (2012) and Costa Rica (2014). Seven teams - Canada, Germany, Japan, Ghana, Nigeria, North Korea and New Zealand - have taken part in every edition, but it’s Jordan’s first time out. Indeed, no Arab nation has ever taken part at this level before.
Such absences are no surprise considering the socio-political and cultural reasons that have held back the development of women’s football in the region in previous decades.
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