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.

The Iranian Football Federation has included two Tehran stadiums in its plans to host the championship games in September.
Until now, the Islamic Republic has prohibited women from attending games, and women’s rights activists have worked hard to overturn the ban.

The confederation had warned Iran that continuing this discrimination would result in its removal from the list of championship hosts.