The decision has come too late for the Iran team which had to forfeit an Olympics qualifying game against Jordan for wearing the hijab.
TEHRAN: The eight-man International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given the green light to Islamic female footballers to wear the hijab, or headscarf, during matches.
According to the Mehr News Agency, IFAB agreed in principle in Bagshot, south of London, on Saturday to overturn the decision they took in 2007.
The hijab decision, taken after a presentation to the board by FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, was agreed by all eight members. It will be subject to further evaluation, with a final decision to be taken on July 2.
Jordan's women's team was handed a 3-0 win in the Olympic 2012 qualifiers in June, despite no game taking place, after the Iranian team was banned from playing for wearing the hijab.
"I am deeply grateful that the proposal to allow women to wear the headscarf was unanimously endorsed by all members of IFAB," Prince Ali said.