German football will let transgender players CHOOSE whether to play with men or women
German football lets transgender players CHOOSE whether to play with men or women – as their FA says it will ‘DO NOT compromise the integrity of the competition’ – even as other sports tighten their rules for trans athletes
- Many sports organizations are renewing their policies towards 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 they want to play for a men’s or women’s team.
- German football has so far gone against the trend of most sports organizations
- Thomas Hitzlsperger, the DFB Ambassador for Diversity, said: ‘Football stands for diversity, and the DFB is committed to it’
German transgender footballers can choose ‘independently’ whether they want to play for a men’s or women’s team after new rules are announced by the DFB.
Trans and non-binary players can decide for themselves which team they play for, contrary to the actions of many sports organizations in recent days that have revised their policies towards transgender athletes.
The governing body of English football The FA is taking a case by case approach but is preparing to refine the rules in general.
The brawl over the inclusion of transgender people is causing sports worldwide to be split with FIFA among those reviewing their policies regarding trans players.
It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women’s internationals while further investigations are underway.
That followed the decision by FINA, the world governing body of swimming, to stop trans athletes from competing in elite women’s races after they’ve gone through part of male puberty.
Yet German football has gone against the trend, with athletes being given the right to choose; previously, the gender named for junior-level players dictated whether they played for a men’s or women’s team.
German transgender footballers can choose ‘independently’ whether to play for a men’s or women’s team after new rules are 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 investigations are underway
The brawl over the inclusion of transgender people is causing a global division in sport, with FIFA overhauling its policy on trans players among others
“Since 2018 it has been possible for people to register as ‘diverse’ in the registry office, there has been an increase in the number of people with that status,” according to the DFB.
“This also affects people who play football, making the need for clear rules more important.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, the DFB Ambassador for Diversity, said: ‘Football stands for diversity, and the DFB is committed to it’
“Players with a personal (gender) status that is ‘diverse’ or ‘no reference’ and players who change genders can decide for themselves whether they are eligible to play for a men’s or women’s team.
‘That also applies to transgender football players who can now switch (team) whenever they want or can stay with the team they played for.’
‘Experience shows that this does not jeopardize the integrity of the competition. After all, all people have different physical strengths and capacities that only lead to success together in a team, regardless of gender.’
Ex-Aston Villa and West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, the DFB’s diversity ambassador, said: “Football stands for diversity and the DFB is committed to it. By regulating gambling legislation, we create further important conditions to allow players with different gender identities to play. †
The mail on Sunday revealed that FIFA had drafted radical rules that would allow footballers to compete as their self-identified gender, meaning trans women can participate in female football regardless of their testosterone levels. This was welcomed by human rights experts, but criticized by sports scientists who believe it would jeopardize justice.
However, just days later, it is thought that FIFA could instead align itself with FINA’s stance.
Football’s governing body told Sportsmail they are still discussing their gender eligibility regulations and are receiving guidance from many stakeholders – medical, legal, scientific/performance and human rights – as well as the IOC’s Fairness, Inclusion Framework and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations’.
The mention of the Deliberate Olympic Committee is telling, as the IOC said last year that it should not be assumed that a transathlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events. The IOC decided to leave it to individual sports to issue their own eligibility criteria.
Last week, the UCI cycling governing body announced stricter eligibility rules for trans women, halving the allowable testosterone limit and doubling the transition time to two years.
Lord Coe, the president of World Athletics, has also confirmed that they are re-examining their approach, saying that ‘biology’ should be prioritized over ‘gender’. The International Tennis Federation and International Boxing Association both told Sportsmail that they are considering their rules.