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Palestinian girl footballers break cultural barriers

Palestinian girl footballers break cultural barriers

DEIR JARIR, Palestinian Territories: Dozens of young Palestinian girls are practicing their football skills on a makeshift village pitch, enjoying an opportunity denied their mothers´ generation in the socially conservative West Bank.

Gender barriers and religious taboos mean that the sight of women wearing football kit, even girls, is still shocking to some Palestinians who regard it as a men´s game.

Yet women´s football has developed significantly since the first Palestinian team was formed in 2009.

There are now six adult teams playing in an outdoor league and a dozen more in an indoor league.

Around 400 girls over the age of 14 are registered as players, and more and more younger girls are taking up the sport.

The 40 or so girls between 10 and 14 training

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