Sudan's first-ever women's football league kicked off on Monday with 21 teams competing for the national title. The first club match was played in Khartoum stadium amid loud cheers from fans and diplomats. Sudan joined FIFA in 1948, but women's football faced an uphill fight since the country adopted sharia law in 1983. After Sudan's Islamic leader was ousted by the army earlier this April, a new joint civilian-military body, called the sovereign council, took over the African nation's rein for a transition period of 39 months. The women's club football league comes amid expectations that the transition period will see liberal policies implemented across the country, including freedom of speech, women's rights, sport, and arts.