ISLAMABAD - The 5th National Women's Football Championship will start from Wednesday (today) here at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex. Chairperson Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Women's Wing, Robina Irfan told reporters here in a press conference that Iranian women's footballers team would show their skills in the championship. "The final will be played on August 11 at same venue and Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jillani will grace the occasion as chief guest to distribute the prizes," she added. She further added that it would be fifth time in succession that Islamabad's Jinnah Stadium would host the national women's football event, as the final of 1989 and 2004 SAF Games were played at same venue. Raising Club are the defending champions, "she maintained. Robina said that the inclusion of Iran football team in the event would attract the event. "Four top teams of second national women's club football Championship - holders Young Rising Star Women Football Club (YRSWFC), Balochistan United, Karachi's Diya Club, Lahore's Sports Sciences Department of Punjab University - have already joined Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP, Northern Areas, FATA, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Islamabad, Pakistan WAPDA, Pakistan Police," she viewed. "Countries like Pakistan are free to promote women's soccer within the limits of their culture and religion. FIFA gave freedom to the individual countries to develop this sport among their womenfolk within the prescribed parameters of their culture and religion," said Irfan. Responding to a question she said that due to commitment, dedication of PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat women's soccer was finding respectable position in Pakistan's sports. "It is his hectic efforts due to which AFC had promoted him to Chairmanship of AFC Disciplinary Committee. Also, the government should support the women's football activities for its promotion at national level," she viewed. "Punjab won the inaugural event in 2005 under superb coaching of Gujranwala-born Abdul Hafeez Malik, followed by WAPDA's triumph in 2006. Then came the turn of University and a club to snatch gold. Lahore's Sports Sciences Department in 2007 and Young Rising Star WFC in 2008, "she said. "The PFF has made great strides in women's football under PFF chief. His decision to hire a full-time administrator dedicated to the women's game has helped to open up competition and education doors for female footballers and officials in the country," said Robina. Robina added that the PFF will conduct fifth national women championship, with organizers hoping She said the event will inspire female footballers in the country. With the unprecedented patronage of the PFF, the senior footballers hope the event will create huge interest in the new generation, she added.