Saudi Arabia will host the Spanish Super Cup tournament in January 2020, after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) finalised the details of the revamped competition on Monday, November 11th.
Spain’s topflight La Liga teams Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia will compete in the Spanish Super Cup between January 8th and 12th.
Reuters reported that both the semi-finals and the final will take place at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.
Under the authority of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women attending soccer matches in 2017 as part of a wider easing on social restrictions.
Saudi Arabia has also lifted a ban on women driving, eased rules on gender segregation and women’s dress code, and chipped away at a guardianship system that gives male relatives control over key decisions in women’s lives.
A source in the RFEF told Reuters that the organisation can guarantee women will face no restrictions on entering the stadium during the Spanish Super Cup.
Spain also hopes a successful running of the new format will help bolster their image in their bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Saudi Arabia is not the only country that was offered to host the tournament, as other countries that were keen on hosting the competition included the United Kingdom, Morocco, and joint bids by South American and Eastern European countries.