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Dutch Football Federation Allows Women Footballers to Play for Senior Men's Teams in Historic Decision

Mudeet Arora
Netherlands to allow women footballers to play for men's senior football teams
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Women footballers in the Netherlands will be able to play in senior men's teams as of next season as announced by the Dutch football federation.

Mixed teams football has been taking place in the Netherlands since 1986 with girls and boys being able to play against each other up until the age of 12.

This was then applied to category B clubs in 1995 and then to category A clubs' youth sides in 1996.

But now, a historic step taken will see female footballers to play in category A senior teams within amateur football in the country.

Talking after the historic announcement, KNVB amateur football director Jan Dirk van der Zee said: "Until now, mixed football was possible in the entire youth in the Netherlands. However, as soon as women reached the senior age, they had to choose between playing in a women's league or continuing to play mixed in the B category."

He added, "On the basis of recent research results, we no longer see any reason to stick to this and opt for equality and diversity. We want girls and women to find a suitable place in the football landscape based on their qualities and own ambitions."

Their research included 19-year old Ellen Fokkema being granted permission to turn out for VV Foarut, who play in the fourth division, as part of a trial.

The final verdict from KNVB is that eligible clubs that wish to can now have a female player in their men's side starting from the 2021/22 campaign. The association is also adamant to provide all support to clubs needed in this matter.