Female police officers observe as Iranian women cheer and wave their country’s national flags at  the World Cup qualifier  between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran, the first time women have been admitted in 40 years. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Iranian women watched the country’s national soccer team for the first time in 40 years on Thursday, celebrating their long-awaited access to the nati(...)

Sahar Khodayari: the Iranian university graduate dressed up as a man and went to the stadium by herself – in defiance of an Islamic ban.  Photograph: Twitter

Sahar Khodayari’s parents would have preferred the 29-year old to watch her favourite football team on the television, but so great was her love for t(...)

An Iranian woman cheers while watching the World Cup Group B match between Portugal and Iran at Azadi stadium in Tehran in June 2018. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian footballers have called for reform after the death of a female fan who was facing a possible prison term for trying to enter a stadium. Women(...)