On October 24 2019, author Glennon Doyle shared the following video, which purportedly shows the moment a football (or soccer) player’s opposing team rushes to assist her when her hijab begins slipping:
Doyle summarized her reaction to the video in a status update:
When this player’s hijab started falling off to reveal her hair, her opponents gathered around to provide cover while she fixed it.
This is our mood today.
When one of us needs us:
We stop. We huddle up. We protect each other.
I love the soccer. I love women.
Commenters were similarly moved by the footage, remarking:
“What I love most is that they knew what needed to be done. Not only did they respect their opponent enough to help her out, they so respected a culture different from their own that they recognized immediately the importance of providing cover. Bravo, ladies!”
“My favorite part of this is not just that women gathered round to protect another woman, but that women who are different gathered round to protect someone who believes and dresses differently than they do.”
“I’ve watched this a dozen times, and every time I tear up thinking of the spontaneous kindness these women showed.”
One commenter reported seeing the video in a different context, and said that she appreciated the support on Doyle’s post:
As a woman that chooses to wear hijab, the comments on this page are giving me happy tears. I saw this same clip on a different page, and there was so much negativity. Spread the light and love ladies! ❤️
However, the post and its top comments lacked any additional information about the events of the video, the teams, or the football match. Small white text printed at the top left-hand corner of the footage read “October 2018,” making it possible that the footage was from one year earlier.
The Twitter account for sports news network ESPN shared the same clip on October 15 2019, citing the Jordan Football Association as its source. No further information about the date of the match or teams involved was included:
When a soccer player’s hijab started falling off to reveal her hair, her opponents gathered around to provide cover while she fixed it. (via @JordanFA)
Most organizations reporting on the video sourced their information from a vague October 15 2019 post on IndianExpress.com. They reported that two teams playing were Shabab al Ordon Club and Arab Orthodox Club in the WAFF Women’s Clubs Championship in early October 2019. However, the site didn’t mention any specifics other than the purported match occurring the “week” before the date it was published.
The 2019 WAFF Women’s Championship took place in Aqaba, Jordan from October 3 through October 11 2019. That page indicated that the two teams — Shabab al Ordon and the Arab Orthodox Club — played against one another on October 9 2019. An October 10 2019 highlight reel of the match between the two, however, showed one team in blue uniforms, not green:
A WAFF highlight reel of all matches posted after the championship didn’t show any green uniforms either:
On October 10 2019, separate coverage of the previous day’s match between Arab Orthodox Club and Shabab al Ordon again depicted one team with red uniforms and one team with blue. An October 8 2019 article indicated that Shabab al Ordon was the team in red.
The earliest version of the footage we found was shared by Beirut News Center on October 13 2019. It also didn’t feature the “October 2018” mark, but its description said only:
An exceptional shot in the Jordanian women’s league .. players encircle a player whose veil fell!
An October 23 2019 Storyful article described the clip as a 2018 Jordanian soccer match and cited the Jordan Football association; the players seen in the video were identified:
A moment from a 2018 Jordanian soccer match has gone viral after being shared widely on social media this month as a quintessential example of good sportswomanship. In the clip, a group of players from Shabab Al Urdon Club form a phalanx around player 16 for Amman Club, the opposing team, to keep her from view while she puts her hijab back in place after it came loose while she was running. The game, a Final Women’s League match held on October 5, 2018, was momentarily paused as player 16 adjusted herself. According to the Jordan Football Association, the players who form the human shield are Stephanie Naber (#8), Hiba Fakherdine (#18), Shurooq Shathily (#20), Yasmeen Khair (#7), and Noor Zoqash (#3). Number 16 from the Amman Club did not wish to be named, the association said.
In October 2019, a video of women’s soccer players stopping to assist a member of the opposing team with a slipping hijab went viral, boosted in part by an early article describing the moment as having occurred “last week.” One of several subsequent pieces indicated that clip showed players from Shabab al Ordon surrounding an Amman Club player (not one from the Arab Orthodox Club). The date of the video was provided as October 5 2018; WAFF Women’s Club Championships’ inaugural year was 2019.
Update, October 24 2019, 2:14pm: @JordanFA responded to our message, confirming that the footage showed a match between “Shabab al Alourdon Club and Amman Club” in the Jordan Women’s League on October 5 2018, not a match between the former club and the Arab Orthodox Club in October 2019.
Update, October 24 2019, 6:22pm: Jordan Football Association also responded to our query, further clarifying the events of the image. Jordan Football Association noted that the clip was recorded in October 2018 (not 2019), and confirmed the teams and players in the video:
This incident took place last year  on October 5th in the Final Women’s League match between Shabab Al Urdon Club and Amman Club, not WAFF Women’s Championship.
Player number 16 from Amman Club [unidentified per player request] was on the board possession at Shabab Al Urdon half, so the girls gathered around her to help putting her hijab back.
The girls that gathered around her were as follow.
Stephanie Naber (Shabab Al Urdon) #8
Hiba Fakherdine (Shabab Al Urdon) #18
Shurooq Shathily (Shabab Al Urdon) #20
Yasmeen Khair (Shabab Al Urdon) #7
Noor Zoqash (Shabab Al Urdon) #3