Soccer players can wear religious head coverings, FIFA rules


(JTA) — The FIFA world soccer association will allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons during official matches.

Under the ruling announced Saturday, a Muslim woman can cover her head with a hijab or her face with a veil, and a Jewish man can wear a kippah, among others.

The head covering must be the same color as the uniform, according to the FIFA board.

The decision followed a two-year trial period first requested by the Sikh community of Canada, the French news agency AFP reported.

Head coverings had not been allowed previously because FIFA believed them to be a safety risk.

Last month, Israel’s soccer association suspended its ban on wearing kippot for its minor leagues.

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