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Monika Staab: FIFA World Cup could help Arab women footballers

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The upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar could benefit Arab women footballers, Monika Staab, who is known to be a “pioneer” of women’s football in her home country, Germany, said in an interview published on FIFA’s official website on Thursday.

“The 2022 FIFA World Cup represents a great opportunity to show the whole world how things have progressed in Qatar. Women’s football in the Arab world could benefit from the 2022 World Cup,” Stabb, who is a long-time FIFA instructor and former Bahrain coach, said.

“If the current progress continues, some Arab countries could reach European top level within the next 30 years,” she added.

Staab, who also took charge of the Qatari women’s national team on February 2013, said there were “impressive” steps that were taken in the Gulf country to improve women’s football. Women playing football in Qatar is a new discipline that was officially established in 2009.

“Qatar has progressed in social terms and the right messages have been sent out to women,” she said, adding “you can notice the work that pioneers like the President of the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee Ahlam Salem Mubarak al-Mana have done in order to further promote women in sports.”

The instructor said that she was “convinced” that the Qatari women’s team will “make a valid contribution within the scope of a five-year development project.”

“The players of our newly established U-14 women’s national team practice every day after school. These girls are becoming important role models in Qatar because they are showing that women’s football can be an integral part of daily life.”

Recently, Qatar had its first international match for its women’s national team in the Maldives.

“Even though we lost both games, the experience was priceless,” she said, adding “Now our players know what it takes to do well abroad. We can’t wait for our upcoming training camp in Germany.”