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Iran gives FIFA assurances on women's access to the domestic games

Iranian women are set to be allowed to attend matches in the domestic league.

Iran's Football Federation has given world governing body FIFA a written commitment that women will be allowed to attend matches in the domestic club league, a source with knowledge of the discussions has told Reuters.

In October, Iranian women watched the country's national team for the first time in 40 years, when they were given access to a women's section of the stadium for the World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran.

Women had been banned from watching men's games in Iran since shortly...

Is MLS next for Afshin Ghotbi, U.S. soccer's international globetrotter?

New Buriram coach Afshin Ghotbi
Afshin Ghotbi's career in soccer has taken him to Los Angeles, South Korea, Iran and, now, China.

In 2000, Afshin Ghotbi found himself marveling at where life had taken him. Here was an Iranian-born, American-raised soccer coach, heading to Hong Kong from Los Angeles on a British Airways flight so he could interview with a Dutchman to be an assistant coach for South Korea's national team.

"If that's not globalization, I'm not sure what is," he said with a laugh during an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.

Ghotbi's globetrotting ways haven't stopped. His coaching career has spanned three decades...

Female fans banned from Iranian league games

Iranian women cheer ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia
Female fans were allowed to watch Iran play Cambodia earlier this month.

The Iranian domestic league resumed on Sunday and Monday with women fans barred from entering stadiums up and down the country.

Over 3,000 female fans had been allowed into Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Oct. 10 to watch Iran play Cambodia but they were conspicuous by their absence when Persepolis defeated Paykan 2-1 at the same arena to move into sixth place.

With the death of Sahar Khodayari in September -- the 29-year-old fan of Persepolis rivals Esteghlal set herself on fire and died of her injuries...

Iran women attend football match for first time in 40 years

Iranian women cheer ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia
Women cheer on the Iranian national team against Cambodia.

Iranian women entered the country's national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.

Women had been banned from watching men's games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.

But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women's rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for women to attend Thursday's 14-0...