JEDDAH: Saudi Women will be allowed to attend football matches for the first time in a stadium located in Jeddah, according to a government-run newspaper.

Al-Sharq newspaper on Saturday quoted unnamed officials as saying that women will be able to watch the matches in a new facility that will be completed in 2014 in the western port city of Jeddah.

The officials say that the new stadium will include a family section with private cabins and balconies for women who wish to attend the games