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.
“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.