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Muslim females disqualified from Olympics

As elite soccer players compete in the qualifiers for this summer's Olympics, some won't even get a shot to show off their skills: female Muslim players can be automatically disqualified for wearing hijab (or headscarves) on the field.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) -- a governing body that sets the rules for the soccer trials leading up to the Olympics -- has already disqualified the entire women's Iranian national team after they tried to wear headscarves during their qualifying match. Players on the teams from Jordan, Palestine and Bahrain who choose to wear headscarves face the same fate.

For Rahaf Owais, a staffer at the Jordanian Football Association, the headscarf ban means the end of some young players' careers before they even begin. After seeing some of Jordan's players disqualified for expressing their religious beliefs, Rahaf started a petition on Change.org urging IFAB to reverse its ban on female soccer players wearing headscarves. Click here to stand up for Rahaf's young players and sign her petition.

IFAB has argued the headscarf ban is about safety, but the Iranian players who were disqualified were wearing wraps fastened with specially designed Velcro closures meant to eliminate any chance of neck injury. For players who choose to wear headscarves for religious reasons, the ban of even the safe, new head coverings is discrimination, plain and simple.

Earlier this week, the President of the Asian Football Confederation, Zhang Jilong, called on IFAB to reconsider the headscarf ban at its upcoming meeting on March 3. And now FIFA -- the international federation that runs the World Cup and is a voting member of IFAB -- has piled on and is urging IFAB to change the rule.

Zhang and the FIFA leadership have a lot of influence in the soccer world, so we know IFAB is paying attention to this issue. If enough people speak out by signing Rahaf's petition, IFAB will be convinced the public wants them to reverse the ban and lift the discriminatory barrier keeping some women from competing in the Olympic trials.

Click here to sign Rahaf's petition urging IFAB to reverse the ban on women soccer players wearing headscarves.As elite soccer players compete in the qualifiers for this summer's Olympics, some won't even get a shot to show off their skills: female Muslim players can be automatically disqualified for wearing hijab (or headscarves) on the field.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) -- a governing body that sets the rules for the soccer trials leading up to the Olympics -- has already disqualified the entire women's Iranian national team after they tried to wear headscarves during their qualifying match. Players on the teams from Jordan, Palestine and Bahrain who choose to wear headscarves face the same fate.

For Rahaf Owais, a staffer at the Jordanian Football Association, the headscarf ban means the end of some young players' careers before they even begin. After seeing some of Jordan's players disqualified for expressing their religious beliefs, Rahaf started a petition on Change.org urging IFAB to reverse its ban on female soccer players wearing headscarves. Click here to stand up for Rahaf's young players and sign her petition.

IFAB has argued the headscarf ban is about safety, but the Iranian players who were disqualified were wearing wraps fastened with specially designed Velcro closures meant to eliminate any chance of neck injury. For players who choose to wear headscarves for religious reasons, the ban of even the safe, new head coverings is discrimination, plain and simple.

Earlier this week, the President of the Asian Football Confederation, Zhang Jilong, called on IFAB to reconsider the headscarf ban at its upcoming meeting on March 3. And now FIFA -- the international federation that runs the World Cup and is a voting member of IFAB -- has piled on and is urging IFAB to change the rule.

Zhang and the FIFA leadership have a lot of influence in the soccer world, so we know IFAB is paying attention to this issue. If enough people speak out by signing Rahaf's petition, IFAB will be convinced the public wants them to reverse the ban and lift the discriminatory barrier keeping some women from competing in the Olympic trials.

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It would be unfair at the Olympics having to face a team full of headscarfs .
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This is so stupid. There is no rational reason from preventing these women from wearing their headscarves.

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It would be unfair at the Olympics having to face a team full of headscarfs .
What do you think the headscarfs would do to them that showing there hair wouldn't do?

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What do you think the headscarfs would do to them that showing there hair wouldn't do?
It would affect opposing team's ability to recognize them as individuals . Hair would still be an easier distinguishing trait than a headscarf .
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imagine trying to run a marathon
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It would affect opposing team's ability to recognize them as individuals . Hair would still be an easier distinguishing trait than a headscarf .
Precisely.. I mean , it's not one or two players but the whole team.. Please, Iran expects all females to cover up when in their country-- now it's their turn to follow the dress code of others...
P.S. I wouldn't care if these women made the choice to wear the hijab on their own--but the fact that it was forced on them is a whole different story..


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It would affect opposing team's ability to recognize them as individuals . Hair would still be an easier distinguishing trait than a headscarf .
All they need to recognize is their uniform and their own players. Honestly that's a pretty dumb statement.

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It's a dilemma...the ideal is definitely that no one wear headscarves during games.

The blame is on the societies and the religion in this case, is God so eager to hide away the female form? Will worlds crumble if males glimpse a womans hair? In a rational society it wouldn't still be the case.

Yet I'm reluctant to deny the women involved the right to play the beautiful game and to perhaps change attitudes to women in their own societies through their skill on the pitch.

So I don't know what is best.

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All they need to recognize is their uniform and their own players. Honestly that's a pretty dumb statement.
In football you mark certain players do you not?
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Precisely.. I mean , it's not one or two players but the whole team.. Please, Iran expects all females to cover up when in their country-- now it's their turn to follow the dress code of others...
P.S. I wouldn't care if these women made the choice to wear the hijab on their own--but the fact that it was forced on them is a whole different story..
Who said they were forced to wear the scarfs and after all this is the Olympics where countries from all over the world are competing with different cultures and beliefs. One would think this is the last place where intolerance should be practiced in my opinion. Iran isn't asking that all females cover their heads just their team members.

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Who said they were forced to wear the scarfs and after all this is the Olympics where countries from all over the world are competing with different cultures and beliefs.
It's a SPORTS event not a religious parade.


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Who said they were forced to wear the scarfs and after all this is the Olympics where countries from all over the world are competing with different cultures and beliefs. One would think this is the last place where intolerance should be practiced in my opinion. Iran isn't asking that all females cover their heads just their team members.
And this is where the problem lies... These women did not make the choice to wear the hijab.. They are being forced to wear it and are attacked for not covering their heads in their own country...


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In football you mark certain players do you not?
In America they wear helmets so the opposition can't see their hair, nor does hair have anything to do with a persons position in baseball it's the position they're playing. This is just another situation where the arrogant west believes that everyone has to be as they say. Freedom of religion should be for all not just for everyone that believes like me or you for that matter.

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It's a SPORTS event not a religious parade.
It's the Olympics and a person shouldn't have to deny what they deem as their human rights to compete in that sport. If the scarf gave them some unfair advantage then they should be denied but under these circumstances it's wrong and they shouldn't be denied the opportunity to compete.
Actually according to the bible they might be right and not the west I don't know since I'm not a Christian but no need to demand someone go against their religion to compete. Freedom of religion is a civil right.

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