There's Finally A Soccer Jersey That Can Be Worn With Religious Hijabs
According to the Hummel International brand website, the company's mission is to "Change the World through Sport." Thanks to the company's latest design creation, that's exactly what Hummel is doing.
The clothing brand just released its latest jersey for both the men's and women's national soccer teams of Afghanistan. The design is stylish, sure, but it's also groundbreaking in that it's the first jersey to provide Muslim women with seamlessly integrated hijabs so they can compete on the field and adhere to their religious beliefs.
Great work from @hummel1923 on creating Afghan kits that can be worn with or w/o a hijab. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/ynPXjNEhAE — KICKTV (@KICKTV) March 8, 2016
Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan's women's national soccer team, no longer plays internationally, but she worked closely with Hummel and her country's soccer federation to design this innovative new jersey.
Speaking on this achievement for women, Popal said,
It was a huge honor to captain my country, but it was an even bigger honor to be seen as a role model and an inspiration for thousands of young girls and women in Afghanistan.
Christian Stadil, the owner of Hummel, also weighed in on his company's latest achievement, saying,
We don't sponsor the biggest teams in the world, but we make partnerships with teams and clubs with a story to tell, like Afghanistan. We try to meet the Afghan people where they are, and right now that is by helping the women play football with or without a hijab.
Hopefully, this win is just the beginning for the advancement of women's soccer in regions that offer less opportunities for females. Undoubtedly, it will go down as one of the greatest Women's History Month achievements of all time.