Saudi women at soccer matches make worldwide headlines

Female Saudi supporters of Al Ahli queue at an entrance for families and women at the King Abdullah Sports City

For the first time in history, women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to attend a football match in Jeddah.

The decree opened the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah, and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd stadium in Dammam to women and families.

But these rules have begun to change under King Salman, who became the Saudi monarch in 2015, and are driven by his son, Mohammed bin Salman, 32, the country's crown prince.

Around 7,500 seats in the 62,000-seat King Abdullah Stadium were made available to women and families, according to Saudi sports authorities.

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He added: "It looks a bit odd to go on for two minutes sometimes and after come back". This is a guy completely focused on playing football.

One woman described it as a great experience, completely unlike watching at home.

For the first time, women will this June be allowed to get behind the wheel, after it was announced in September that a ban on women drivers would be lifted.

Saudi Arabia, which was the only nation around the globe to prohibit female drivers, past year also permitted women to drive in the nation.

Al-Ahl beat their opponents 5-0 in the Saudi Professional League clash.

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Some used the hashtag to share photos of female spectators wearing their team's colors in scarves thrown over their abayas.

Set to inherit a country where more than half the population is under 25 years old and hungry for change, the young crown prince has looked to boost his popularity by curbing almost four decades of deeply entrenched ultraconservative influence.

Despite the breakthrough, there are still a host of basic human rights denied to women without the permission of a man, including applying for a passport, travelling overseas, and getting married.

In 2015, an Australian female supporter of Western Sydney Wanderers soccer club was permitted to attend a match at Riyadh's main stadium and a group of American women traveling with a U.S. Congress delegation also watched a local club match there.

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