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Saudi Arabia and Iran Sign Historic Football Partnership

Saudi Arabian Football Federation

A new agreement between the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has been formally signed, advancing bilateral football cooperation.

SAFF and FFIRI agreed to collaborate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked on Monday in order to improve the development and promotion of football in both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia, Iran sign new MoU

According to SAFF President Yasser Al Misehal, “This MoU not only strengthens ties between our federations but will also pave a path for our youth, women, and the entire football community to succeed and enjoy the many advantages and opportunities available through the beautiful game.”

According to the conditions of the MoU, the emphasis will be primarily on the growth of grassroots football, with thorough training programs for coaches and referees at the forefront.

In order to ensure gender equality in the sport, the partnership also strives to encourage the growth of women’s football at the local and regional levels.

Mehdi Taj, President of FFIRI, echoed the emotion and said: “This is a really momentous day for two nations connected by a steadfast love for football, a sport adored by millions with so much potential still to discover and realise. We are excited to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Football Federation.

Following a meeting in Sydney, Australia—which took place during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final—the parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Through this action, teams from the Saudi Pro League that include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Karim Benzema will be able to compete in Asian Champions League games in Iran.

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