Maha Jannoud, 32, coaches during a training for al-Muhafaza Sports club men's team in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. Former Syrian soccer player Maha Jannoud is leveling the playing field for women as she becomes what she believes is the first female coach of a professional male soccer side. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Maha Jannoud, 32, coaches during a training for al-Muhafaza Sports club men's team in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. This Syrian soccer player may have evened the playing field for Middle Eastern women. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Maha Jannoud, 32, coaches during a training for al-Muhafaza Sports club men's team in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. Former national player Maha Jannoud was a member of the women's team at the Damascas-based al-Muhafaza soccer club - before her career was cut short due to injury. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Maha Jannoud, 32, coaches during a training for al-Muhafaza Sports club men's team in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. She believes she is the first female coach of a men's professional soccer team in the Middle East. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Maha Jannoud, 32, plays with a ball at al-Muhafaza sports club stadium in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki