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Monika Staab is New Head Coach of Saudi Arabia's Women's National Football Team

In December 2020, Saudi Arabia established the kingdom's first football league for its female athletes, and it's going strong with its second season expected to start in November. Hence, it is to everyone's delight that Monika Staab, a former German football player and football manager, has been appointed as new head coach of the women's national football team. The announcement was made by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) via their French Twitter account earlier this week.

Staab has extensive experience in the sport both on the field and as coach, making her an excellent choice for the job. As a German citizen, she started her career playing for SG Rosenhöhe Offenbach at the age of 11 from 1970 to 1974. In the following years, she found herself playing for other teams such as Kickers Offenbach, Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton WFC, and SG Praunheim before retiring in 1992.

From 1993, she took up her current career as coach, managing European teams SG Praunheim, and Eintracht Frankfurt (formerly 1. FFC Frankfurt). Since 2007, she has been managing national teams in the Middle East, namely the women's teams in Bahrain, Qatar, and now Saudi Arabia. In total, she has nearly 30 years of coaching experience in both Europe and the Arab region.

Staab also had a handful of accomplishments and positions throughout her career. She won the “German Football Ambassador 2014” award, in addition to winning the UEFA Women’s Cup, the German championship, and the German Cup. She also served as lecturer for the German Football Association, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and the International Football Association (FIFA), and had worked on managing projects and coaching clinics for Gambian football. 

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