German football will allow transgender players to CHOOSE whether to play with men or women

German football will allow transgender players to CHOOSE whether to play with men or women – because their FA states it “does NOT jeopardize the integrity of the competition” – even as other sports tighten their rules on trans athletes.

  • Many sports organizations are renewing their policy on transgender athletes
  • Rugby League and swimming have taken tough stances on trans players in women’s events
  • But the German Football Association, the DFB, says transgender players can choose “independently” whether to play for a men’s or women’s team
  • German football has so far been bucking the trend of most sports bodies on the issue
  • Thomas Hitzlsperger, DFB Ambassador for Diversity, said: “Football is synonymous with diversity and the DFB is committed to it too.”

German transgender footballers can choose “independently” to play for a men’s or women’s team after the new regulations have been announced by the DFB.

Trans and non-binary players can decide for themselves which team to play for, in contrast to the actions of many sports bodies in recent days which have revised their policy on transgender athletes.

England’s governing body The FA takes a case-by-case approach, but is preparing to refine its rules in general.

The dispute over transgender inclusion is dividing sports around the world with FIFA among those who are reviewing their policy on trans players.

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women’s internationals while further research is being conducted.

This followed the decision by FINA, the world’s governing body for swimming, to prevent trans athletes from competing in women’s elite competitions if they have gone through any part of male puberty.

Yet German football is bucking the trend, with athletes having the right to choose; previously, the gender called for players at the junior level determined whether they played for a male or female team.

German transgender footballers can choose “independently” to play for a men’s or women’s team after the new regulations have been announced by the DFB

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women's internationals while further research is being conducted.

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women’s internationals while further research is being conducted.

The dispute over transgender inclusion is dividing sports around the world, with FIFA among those reviewing their policy on trans players

The dispute over transgender inclusion is dividing sports around the world, with FIFA among those reviewing their policy on trans players

“Since it has been possible for people to register in the civil registry as ‘diversity’ since 2018, there has been an increase in the number of people with that status,” the DFB said.

‘This also applies to people who play football which made the need for clear rules more important.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, DFB Ambassador for Diversity, said: “Football is synonymous with diversity and the DFB is committed to it too.”

“Players with a personal (gender) status that is” different “or” no reference “and players who change their gender can decide for themselves whether to be eligible to play for a men’s or women’s team.

“This also applies to transgender footballers who can now change (team) when they decide or can remain in the team they played for.”

‘Experience has shown that this does not affect the integrity of competition. After all, all people have different strengths and physical abilities that only lead to success together in a team, regardless of gender. ‘

Former Aston Villa and West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, DFB’s Ambassador for Diversity, said: “Football is synonymous with diversity and the DFB is committed to it as well. By regulating the law on play, we are creating more important prerequisites for allowing players of different gender identities to play. ‘

Sunday post revealed that FIFA had drafted sweeping rules that would allow footballers to compete as their self-identified gender, meaning trans women could take part in women’s football regardless of their testosterone levels. This was welcomed by human rights experts but criticized by sports scientists who believe it would undermine fairness.

However, a few days later, it is thought that FIFA may instead align with FINA’s position.

The football governing body told Sportsmail that they are still consulting their gender suitability regulations and are taking the lead “from many stakeholders – medical, legal, scientific / performance and human rights – as well as the framework. of the IOC on Equity, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Gender Variations’.

The mention of the Intentional Olympic Committee is significant, with last year’s IOC saying it shouldn’t be assumed that a trans athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in women’s events. The IOC has decided to allow individual sports to issue their own eligibility criteria.

Last week the cycling governing body UCI announced stricter eligibility rules for trans women, halving the testosterone limit and doubling the transition time to two years.

Lord Coe, the president of World Athletics, also confirmed that they are reexamining their approach, stating that “biology” should take priority over “gender”. The International Tennis Federation and the International Boxing Association have both told Sportsmail they are evaluating their rules.

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