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Germany allows transgender players to choose their own team

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The German Football Association has introduced a new regulation that allows transgender and non-binary players to decide for themselves whether they play for the men’s or women’s team. The new rules have been applied in Berlin for three years

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The German Football Association (DFB) has allowed transgender and non-binary athletes to choose which gender to play for. About it reported on the official DFB website.

“The new regulations provide that players with the status of “varied” or “indeterminate” can decide for themselves whether they are eligible to play for the women’s or men’s team. This also applies to transgender players who may be reclassified or remain on their original team,” the statement said.

The new rules come into force from the beginning of the 2022/23 season. It will apply to all competitions under the auspices of the DFB, including youth championships, futsal and amateur football.

The union noted that the adopted rules have been successfully applied by the Berlin Football Union since 2019. “The experience of the capital has shown that such rules do not jeopardize the integrity of the competition,” the union said.

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