In a first, women in Saudi Arabia attend a soccer match

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Women in Saudi Arabia for the first time entered a sports stadium to watch a soccer match in Jeddah.

The move was the first of Saudi Arabia's social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom's 32-year-old crown prince.

The stadium in the capital, Riyadh, will open to women on Saturday, followed by the western city of Dammam on Thursday.

Friday's match was played between Al-Ahli F.C. and Al-Batin F.C. "I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change", she said.

The result meant Al-Ahli closed the gap on table toppers Al-Hilal to one point.

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"Ittihad fans, male and female, are the support of this club, and success is not complete without them coming together to serve this historic entity", the club tweeted.

Dressed in headscarves and long flowing abbayas the women filed into the stadium, ushered by women in orange T-shirts over their conservative dress, to take up seats at the "family section" of the stands, separate from the male spectators.

The first stadium is to open its doors to women in the Red Sea city of Jiddah today.

The Saudi General Sports Authority said that it had made all the necessary preparations to create an attractive sports environment for families and to ensure their privacy.

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