Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used. Sports commonly called football include association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby league or rugby union); and Gaelic football.


Watching football team is allowed provided you avoid sinful acts which can be done by some other fans, and not wasting long time in watching the football. Our time in this life is limited and we must utilize it in useful things for our upliftment  and future. Wasting lot of time in watching games makes us lose and miss the aim of our life. Those who waste time will be among the losers and repent a lot when repenting will never help them. Hadeeth from Ahlul Bayt AS) stated that: We were not created for (wasting time on) playing but for big aim.( Tafseer narrated from Al-Hasan Al-Askari).



Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Pursuing such a career as football (soccer) would be permissible, as long as it does not entail anything that could be prohibited. So, it in itself is halal.

And Allah knows best. 


Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 2 years ago

as salam alaikum

if the environment at the stadium is corruptive or immoral, it is not permissible to attend matches or gatherings, regardless being man or woman.  Fans' claims and feelings of superiority, clashes, loosing one's own control, promiscuity, alcoholism, forbidden looks, etc., are often a constant in certain stadiums and promoted by certain factions. That is not appropriate for a Muslim to witness and it should be avoided. 

With prayers for your success. 


Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 2 years ago
  1. All rules in Islam are based on the benefit of human beings and avoiding them any type of harm.
  2. Watching opposite gender should not be a cause of harm under any circumstance.
  3. Men playing football or women playing any sport are been done with dress which is not necessarily according to Hijab rules, that is why watching opposite gender playing should be avoided especially when there is a possibility of harm. If all conditions of Hijab are fulfilled and there is no possibility of any harm, then it will be allowed.