Germany allows transgender players to play for men’s or women’s team

The German Football Federation says transgender, intersex and non-binary players can decide for themselves whether to play on men’s or women’s teams.

On Thursday, a new regulation was adopted for non-conforming players with civil status “miscellaneous” or “indeterminate”.

It will come into force next season and will apply to youth and amateur football, as well as futsal.

“This applies to transgender players who can now switch at random times or initially remain on the team they previously played for,” the federation (DFB) said in a statement. statement.

“As long as sports activities do not affect a person’s health, while he is taking medication, a person can take part in the game, so the new regulation excludes doping.”

The move goes against a recent trend in sports where transgender women are barred from competing in women’s competitions.

Sabina Mammich, who oversees women’s and women’s football at the DFB, says the need for clarification is long overdue.

“State and regional associations, as well as relevant people at the grassroots level, have long been signaling that there is uncertainty about how to accommodate transgender, intersex and non-binary players,” Mammich said.

“Therefore, they very much welcome the introduction of a nationwide overarching right-to-play rule.”

“Competitive integrity will not be affected”

The new rules for gender non-conforming players have already been tested locally in Berlin since 2019.

State and regional associations will now appoint officers to assist any players who do not meet gender requirements to qualify them to play, working closely with local violence and discrimination officers.

“Experience has shown that this does not compromise the integrity of the competition,” the DFB said.

“After all, all people have different physical strengths and abilities, which only together lead to success in a team, regardless of gender.”

The German Football Federation is the largest in the world with around seven million members, 24,000 clubs, 130,000 teams and over 2.2 million players across all leagues, divisions and competitions.

“Through the regulation of the right to play, we create additional important conditions for players with different gender identities to be able to play,” added the DFB Diversity Officer and former national team player. Thomas Hitzlsperger.