UAE football shows status of female Muslim players

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — They only recently got a grass practice field. They've come under attack on their Facebook page, and some fear telling their relatives that during their spare time they play football.

Such are the troubles facing the national women's team from the United Arab Emirates. And this is progress.

Recently, the UAE women scored their greatest triumph, making their first appearance in a major tournament. Playing live on national television — and in front of a boisterous crowd of several hundred men — the Gulf upstarts stunned reigning champion Jordan 1-0 in the West Asian Football Federation championship.

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