Women’s soccer makes gains in Mideast despite conservatives


              Palestinian girls practice during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls take a break during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls run during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls practice during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls warm-up during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls stretch during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Palestinian girls stretch during a soccer training session at the Beit Hanoun Al-Ahli Youth Club's ground in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Masar Athamneh stretches during a training of the Orthodox Club's women's team in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Players of the Orthodox Club's women's team practice in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Players of the Orthodox Club's women's team practice in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Players of the Orthodox Club'b's women's team practice in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Joud Shunti, 23-year-old goalkeeper, works out during a training of the Orthodox Club's women's team in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Insherah Heyasat, a football player, gives instructions during a training of the Orthodox Club's women's team in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Insherah Heyasat, a football player, gives instructions during a training of the Orthodox Club's women's team in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)
            
              Players of the Orthodox Club's women's team practice in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Women's soccer has been long been neglected in the Middle East, a region that is mad for the men's game and hosts the World Cup for the first time this month in Qatar. (AP Photo/Raad AL-Adayleh)