The Iraqi Women’s Premier League wrapped up in Hillah, capital of Babylon province, with Naft al-Shamal of Kurdistan on top.
Nine clubs, representing all parts of Iraq from north to south, competed in the league, with more than 180 players including four professional players, three from Iran and one from Syria.
Naft al-Shamal was crowned champion following its 5-3 victory over the Air Force club.
According to Ali Abbas, chairperson of the Iraqi Football Federation, the league aims to discover and nurture new talents and find the best to represent the national team, which is scheduled to take part in the West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) Championship in Kuwait.
Samer Saad, Belady FC manager, said, “Women’s sports need a lot of state support to encourage young girls to be more involved as they may face challenges due to the conservative nature of the country. We need real experts to make new, professional plans.”
Magda Al Obeidi, chairperson of the women’s committee in the Iraqi Football Federation, said that Iraqi girls are enthusiastic about football owing to the highly competitive nature of local school tournaments, which are held twice a year, improving the girls’ skill sets.
Dirin Mahmoud, a Naft al-Shamal player, was named best player of the tournament while Nour Al Sabah of the Air Force FC was named best goalkeeper.
Shekhan Noureddine of Naft al-Shamal got the league’s top scorer title with 14 goals.