The Football Association (FA) has changed its rules after a team was expelled by its league when Muslim players refused to play during Ramadan.
Manchester’s Abraham Moss Warriors were fined by the FA and thrown out of the Lancashire League after the boys’ team refused to play morning games.
The club was worried players fasting for Ramadan would become dehydrated as they could not drink before sunset.
The FA has now said no team must play if it affects religious observance.
Previously the rules only applied to Christians being asked to play on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
“This is a massive victory not just for us but for everyone of all faiths around the country who wants to play football,” said Warriors’ manager June Kelly.
“It is just a shame that it took something like this to get the rules changed.
“Fifty years ago the rule might have made sense when there were hardly any Muslims playing but now we are such a multi-cultural society it was completely out of date…