On the sidelines of a small football pitch at a university in Cairo, Hanan Hassan remembers starting out as a referee and the response she got from one female player’s mother.
"In a loud voice she yelled as she was looking towards me: ’god bless you my daughter and I hope that my own daughter becomes like you’," Hassan recalls, proudly.
For years, women referees in Egypt have officiated at lower-level football matches but now set their sights on the premier league.
37-year-old Mona Atalla was part of the first group of female referees registered in Egypt in 1998 who were allowed to oversee all-women and junior male tournaments. Now she was finally allowed in April to officiate a match in the men’s second and third division leagues.
The decision by the Egyptian Football Association’s referee committee raised hopes that women referees will soon be holding the red and yellow cards in the top-tier premier league.
referee：名詞，裁判。例句：The decision by the referee was accepted by all.（大家都接受了裁判的裁決。）
officiate：動詞，擔任裁判；執行職務。例句：She was asked to officiate the wedding.（她被要求擔任婚禮主持人。）
set one’s sight on：慣用片語，以…為目標。例句：We have set our sights on the world record.（我們以創下世界紀錄為目標。）