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Netherlands To Allow Women In Men’s Teams

A new pilot scheme that will allow amateur women to play in a senior men’s team in the Netherlands has been approved by the Dutch Football Association.

The KNVB has given permission for one woman – 19-year-old Elle Fokkema – to join fourth-tier VV Foarut for the 2020-21 season.

The pilot could lead to regulations amended permanently to allow more women to play ‘category A’ men’s football.

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“The KNVB stands for diversity and equality,” the organisation’s head of development Art Langeler said.

“We believe that there should be room for everyone in every way in football.”

In a statement, Langeler confirmed the KNVB receives a request from an association “every year” to allow women to play in a first men’s team.

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