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A five-year ban on headscarves has been overturned by FIFA allowing women who wear attire to compete internationally.
The 2007 headscarf ban by the International Football Board (IFAB) argued that the attire was unsafe and posed a risk of neck injury.
However, to the satisfaction of many Arab nations, this ban has been overturned due to a recent headscarf uniform design which utilizes Velcro for security.
A leading critic of the headscarf ban, Iran was prevented from playing a match against Jordan which would determine their qualification of the 2012 London Olympics, because of their refusal to remove their veils before kickoff.
This overturn has been received with relief, enthusiasm and hope for the future years of women’s sport.
Kuwait’s women’s sporting committee President Sheikha Naima Al-Saba says, "This decision, impatiently awaited, makes us very happy, it brings justice to female players."
"The number of women playing soccer is going to grow, along with the support of families, footballing federations and sporting bodies worried about Muslim identity," stated Hani Ballan, Qatar's technical advisor for women's football.
The women’s football teams of Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain all regularly participate in various international competitions.