FIFA has protected 100 refugees in Afghanistan, including members of the women’s soccer team.
Sky Sports News was told that the group, which traveled from Afghanistan’s capital from Kabul to Doha, Qatar on Thursday, also includes 20 women’s soccer players.
The international governing body has been working with the Qatari government to rescue people since August.
Travelers are considered to be at high risk if they remain in Afghanistan, and FIFA is working diligently to recruit future athletes.
The Taliban militant group also took control of central Asia in August following the expulsion of Western troops, concerns about many women in the country, and the future of women’s sports.
Afghan Women’s Superintendent Shabnam Mobarez has spoken to some of his teammates who were deported to Australia after the Taliban took over two months ago, and told them Sky Sports News that it “is like [football] ended “for Afghan women.
Talking to Sky News, Danish football player Nadia Nadim, whose father was killed by the Taliban, says he does not believe in the group’s promises for women and girls to work and study.
Thinking about what it would mean to take a Taliban for women’s football, he said: “It’s difficult. I don’t know what to say to them because I know they’ve got a chance.
“I don’t know if the girls will be able to go to school, to work. I want to say that people should try to keep their hope even when it seems black.”