All-female referee team rules pitch in Jordan

This all-female referee team made history

when they officiated a game in Jordan's soccer league

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN FEMALE REFEREE, ESRA'A AL-MOBIDEEN, SAYING:

"At the beginning the players were smiling in the tunnel when we first walked in because a girl was officiating and they were surprised by the idea. But as soon as the game started, there were no jokes and everyone became serious. My character changed, I was smiling off the pitch but on the pitch I am a referee, that's it.’’

The decision to appoint an all-female refereeing team

is part of efforts by Jordan's Football Association and its president Prince Ali

to promote the game among women

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN FEMALE REFEREE, ESRA'A AL-MOBIDEEN, SAYING:

"To have influence on society is an ambition of mine. It is important to have a positive impact on the society that I live in. Taking part in the professional league will give a good image of female refereeing. I can send a message that women can work in any field."

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