Soccer’s international rule-making body has officially decided to allow players to wear religious headcovering during games.
The International Football Association Board, which sets the rules for FIFA, made the decision today — extending a two-year trial period during which hijabs and turbans were allowed on the field.
The decision follows a period of controversy in Quebec.
The province’s soccer federation came under fire last summer — and was even suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association — for enforcing a ban on turbans and other religious headwear.
The federation lifted the ban after FIFA clarified last June that such headwear was acceptable.
A spokesman for the Quebec Soccer Federation says they are satisfied with the decision and plan to follow the rules.