Posts Tagged ‘Offside’

One of the first Iranian  films I watched-Offside directed by Jafar Panahi. A brilliant film for me as I love football and go to matches regularly and a real wake-up call to realise that women in Iran are not allowed to attend football matches.

Offside” is a comedy film about a group of Iranian girls who attempt to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium by disguising themselves as men. It was filmed at the actual 2006 World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain at the Azadi Stadium which Iran won to duly qualify.

A little off-beat but definitely worth a watch!

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Villa! Villa!

I’m a big football fan here in the UK and after the Premier league finished yesterday with my team (Aston Villa) just avoiding relegation and sacking their Manager today, I’m looking forward to The European Championships which start on 11 June. I have been attending live matches for 40 years and we still travel to games as and when we can.

If I was allowed to go to football matches in Iran I would support my local team Sepahan Isfahan. ( I like the yellow shirts)

But, as a woman and as the rules stand at the moment, I am not allowed to go.

Just this week however, I learn that  “Ali Kafashian, the head of Iran’s Football Federation, has announced that Iranian women can attend the Asian Youth Football Championship games in Tehran.

The Shargh Newspaper reports that Kafashian said: “We follow the regulation of the Asian Football Confederation and act along its requirements.”

The chairman of the national competitions committee of AFC told ISNA that, according to confederation rules, there must be no gender discrimination in who’s allowed to attend the games”

Small steps but progress all the same.

One day perhaps Sepahan here I come.

Just one question-Do my flashing antlers go with hijab?


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