Saudi female football fan trains in US to become professional coach

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A 29-year-old Saudi woman who fancied playing football as a child has now joined a football coaching program for Saudi women in the United States.

Lamyaa al-Fares has turned from a fan into a professional coach for women teams, she told Al Arabiya English.

“I’m currently enrolled in the program in the United States, and upon completing it, I will prepare for the starting football season, given that I’m one of the founders of ‘Challenge Team’ where I will be a player and an assistant coach.”

Though she plays an attacking midfielder, al-Fares says her coach praises her role as a team joker, given that she can play in several positions, including a goalkeeper.

Saudi female football fan becomes professional coach for women teams
Saudi female football fan becomes professional coach for women teams

Al-Fares has trained children until the age of 6, and girls between the ages of 8-18, who would graduate to participate in women football teams in Riyadh.

Recalling her childhood, al-Fares said she practiced football playing with her brother until the age of 17 in their house yard. After graduating from college in 2007 I played football with my girl friends, where we would divide ourselves into two teams and play for fun.

A friend of mine then suggested we create a football women team and that is when “Challenge” became among the first Saudi female football teams, she said.

Saudi female football fan becomes professional coach for women teams
Saudi female football fan becomes professional coach for women teams

“I am a fan of football, and had been always eager to play it and I’ve never given up on that, I find myself a lot in this sport.”

“I dream about becoming a successful coach in my country and contribute to developing the sport, as well as create a certified football academy for women.”

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