Pakistani women play soccer under wraps

September 22, 2005
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Pakistani women will play their first ever national soccer championship from Friday under strictly segregated conditions to avoid offending religious and social sentiments in the conservative Muslim country.

No unaccompanied men will be allowed into the stadium in Islamabad to watch the six-day competition between eight teams, though one male coach per team will be permitted.

The women will be required to play in baggy trousers and long sleeved shirts.
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