Houriya Taheri Is Championing Female Football Across The Region

While France may have officially won the World Cup, they’re not the only ones making waves in the football world

As part of its ongoing noon | women series, emerging e-commerce giants Noon caught up with the acclaimed Emirati, Houriya Taheri, who recently became the first Arab female Football expert in FIFA. “In 2007, I visited the FIFA headquarters in Zurich as a player, and took pictures near the FIFA logo,’ said Houriya. “To now be a part of FIFA, is a dream come true for me.” Now a technical director in the Women’s Football Committee, Houriya is also head coach of the UAE’s under-15 girls team, and she is set on nurturing the next generation of female Arab football stars. A true inspiration in her own right, Houriya holds a football coaching license, which is the highest degree in the Asian football confederation. She also recently authored her first book Becoming A Legend – named after the football academy she established in the UAE for boys and girls. Taheri also currently stars in the Asian Football Confederation’s “It’s My Game” campaign which champions the role of women in football and reveals the sacrifices she made in order to reach the top of her field.