Iran The Cheater – Women’s Football Team Are Mostly MEN

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Oct 12 2015
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We tend to cheat during games when we were young. Well, who can blame the adorable toddlers who know nothing else but wanting to win in every game – scrabble, video-games, hide-and-seek and football. Talking about football (soccer), do you know that Iran has its women’s national football team dating back as far as 1976?

Iran Women Football Team - 1976

Before the Iranian Revolution, the Iranian women football players were allowed to play freely without the “hijab”. However, women are not allowed to enter stadiums to watch soccer games between male teams. Last month, the country’s women national team captain – Niloufar Ardalan – was unable to fly with her squad to Malaysia because her husband refused her permission to fly.


Known as “Lady Goal”, 30-year-old Niloufar was refused her passport because her husband – sports journalist Mehdi Toutounchi – wanted his wife to be at home for their seven-year-old son’s first day at school. It may sound like Stone Age but under Iran’s Islamic law, the married Iranian captain requires permission from her husband to get her passport renewed.

Iran Women Football Team - Iran Lady Goal Niloufar Ardalan

But that isn’t as explosive as what the Iran Football Federation was being accused of. The country’s football association was accused of being “unethical” for knowingly fielding eight men in its women’s team. Apparently, 8 of Iran’s women’s football team are actually men awaiting sex change operations (*WTF*).


Yes, despite being one of very few countries in the world where Shia Islam is subscribed, Iran is more liberal than Sunni Islam countries (such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Indonesia and Malaysia), thanks to a fatwa from the late Ayatollah Khomeini which says “sex-change operations are legal” in the country.

Iran Women Football Team - Training

In Feb 2014, the country’s football governing body introduced random checks after it was revealed that 4 national team players were either men who had not completed sex change operations, or were suffering from sexual development disorders. The full procedure would take up to 2-years, including hormone therapy before the full gender transformation is completed.


The Iranian women’s team play in hijab headscarfs, long-sleeved tops and tracksuit bottoms. For wearing hijab, they were briefly banned by FIFA from international competition in 2011. However, in this case the names of the players who are allegedly male were not disclosed although Iran said some had spent their entire careers playing for the women’s team.

Iran Women Football Team - Men Sex Change

Iran Women Football Team - Players Photo

The controversial football team, which had just won the Asian Women’s Futsal Championship in Malaysia, didn’t raise any eyebrow from FIFA medical officer though. FIFA officials have rejected reports that Iran had broken rules simply because their (Iran’s allegedly men in women jerseys) problem was inborn.


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