Passionate about football, Sheikha Hussa bint Khalid Al Khalifa helped establish the Bahrain Women’s National Football Team and the country’s women’s league, paving the way for hundreds of girls and women to follow their passion for sport. Today, she advises Bahrainis to follow their passions and achieve great results not just for themselves but for their country. “You have to have the passion,” she says, “but you also need to do the work.”
The Bahrain women’s national football team was first formed in 2003. The team represents Bahrain in international women’s football and thus falls under the governance of the Bahrain Football Association ; more specifically run by the women’s committee at the Association. Although participating in several friendly tournaments, the team played its first official international match against the Maldives on April 22, 2007 and entered the FIFA Women’s World Rankings in June 2007 at 111th out of 142.