Feature

Egyptian Woman Becomes First Female Football Referee

Egyptian Woman Becomes First Female Football Referee

sarahsamir

Sarah Samir has sent shockwaves throughout Egypt’s footballing society, shattering social taboos by becoming the first female to referee in an official men’s football game.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) assigned Sarah Samir to officiate Wadi Degla FC and Talaea El Gaish SC football match in the Egyptian Football League’s third division, reported AMAY.

samir2

The game, played on Sunday, saw Wadi Degla FC defeat Talaea El Gaish SC after scoring two goals in the 43rd and the 78th minute of the match.

Social media users have praised the EFA’s decision and have called on it to assign female referees to more games and other divisions in Egypt.

In statements to television program ‘Sports Hour’, Sarah Samir said she hoped to officiate more games in the future. She added that she faced no difficulties in refereeing the game, despite some ‘shock’ by players and attendees before the whistle blew and the game commenced.

In another interview on CBC, Sarah Samir said she was happy with the reactions of the public and she was hopeful regarding the future of women in sports in Egypt.

samir3

According to Sarah Samir, another female assistant referee also helped in officiating the game. Samir added that there are a total of seven female referees in Egypt, with five of them being assistant referees.

One thing is clear, Sarah Samir has broken the glass ceiling, paving the way for women to play a more important role in on of Egypt’s national sports.

Should Egypt’s Football Association allow more Egyptian women to referee men’s games? 

Egyptian-American Activist 'Dying' In Prison
The Islamic State Threatens To Kill Two Japanese Hostages If Not Paid $200 Million

Subscribe to our newsletter


Feature
@egyptianstreets

Quick clicks. Making it lighter.

More in Feature

When Did Violence Against Women Become Funny?

Toqa EzzidinApril 18, 2018

Meet Kai Collections: The Premium Mens Swimwear Brand Defying Stigma

Egyptian StreetsApril 18, 2018

East-West Chitchat: The 25th of January News Coverage in Egypt and the US

East West ChitchatApril 11, 2018

‘LaLaLand’: Promoting Tourism in Egypt and Changing Lives through Yoga

Egyptian StreetsApril 6, 2018

Tranneta’s Travels: From Law Career to Top Travel Reviewer

Egyptian StreetsApril 4, 2018

18 Women to Watch in 2018

Sartaj AnandApril 3, 2018

Cairo’s Environmental Crisis: Tips for Tackling Air Pollution

Victoria WoodsMarch 24, 2018

Bizarre Traditions From Ancient Egypt: How Did the Pharaohs Do Baby Gender Test?

Egyptian StreetsMarch 23, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.