KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Asian Football Confederation has urged soccer's rule-making body to approve a headscarf with safety features for use by Islamic female players.
AFC acting chief Zhang Jilong said in a statement Monday a favorable decision when the International Football Association Board debates the issue on March 3 in London is crucial to the future of women's soccer worldwide.
He said new headscarves are available with a Velcro opening at the neck to ensure players' safety.
FIFA banned the hijab or headscarf in 2007 for safety reasons, a move condemned by Islamic leaders and sports officials.
While FIFA is soccer's world governing body, the IFAB determines the rules of the game.