Alberta Soccer Association

Alberta Soccer Association

December 18, 2007 14:37 ET

Alberta Soccer Association: News Release

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - The Board of Directors of the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) has approved the wearing of the sports type hijab upon inspection by the referee prior to the start of any game, who must determine that it complies with FIFA rule four. This decision is effective immediately.

The ASA Board has also approved the wearing of other types of hijabs on the condition they do not pose a danger to the wearer or any other player, with such a determination the discretion of the referee after proper inspection prior to the start of the game. This policy will only become effective upon the ASA completing the development of appropriate guidelines and secondly, having successfully communicated those guidelines to all members.

Reference - Extracts from FIFA Rule Four

"All items of clothing or equipment other than the basic equipment must be inspected by the referee and determined not to be dangerous. Modern protective equipment such as headgear, facemasks and knee and arm protectors made of soft, lightweight padded material are not considered dangerous and are therefore permitted."

"If an item of clothing or equipment that has been inspected at the start of the match and determined not to be dangerous becomes dangerous or is used in a dangerous manner during the match, its use must no longer be allowed."

Reference - Information on Sports Hijab

Contact Information

  • Alberta Soccer Association
    Ron Axelson
    Executive Director
    (780) 378-8108 or (Cell) (780) 991-3634