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The Birth and Development of the Saudi Women’s National Team: FIFA and SAFF Collaborate on Inspiring Documentary


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The Creation and Development of the Saudi Women’s National Football Team


The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), has recently released a special documentary film that explores the journey of the Saudi women’s national football team and the growth of women’s football in the country. This film, titled “Here… the Journey Begins,” provides an inside look at the team’s formation and development.

The Film’s Story

The documentary showcases the personal journeys of some of the team’s key players, as well as their families, and delves into their professional, social, and sporting experiences. With a running time of approximately 45 minutes, the film offers an inspiring account of the Saudi Women’s National Team.

Players’ Stories

The film features interviews with several national team players who share their passion and love for football. The documentary is hosted by Captain Bayan Sadaka, 28, goalkeeper Sarah Khaled, 26, and center back Layan Johari, 22, who grew up in a football-loving family.

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Johari expresses her family’s dream of representing the Saudi Arabian national team and the impact her brother’s words had on her. She reflects on the responsibility and value of this opportunity, stating that it made her realize the importance of her role.

A Motivational Documentary

Lamia bint Ibrahim bin Bahyan, Vice President of the Saudi Football Federation, believes that this documentary will inspire and motivate girls across the Kingdom to pursue their dreams of representing the nation. She expresses confidence that “Here… The Journey Begins” will unite football fans worldwide.

FIFA’s Description

In their own words, FIFA describes the documentary as an inspiring story that introduces viewers to the players, coaches, and officials who played a significant role in the birth of Saudi women’s football.


Source: RT + “Okaz”

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