For the first time, Netherlands allow a girl to participate in a men’s football team

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

The Dutch Football Association has given young player Ellen Fokkema the green light to participate with Fawarot’s first team in the domestic fourth division.

In a statement, the federation stated that it approved a temporary amendment to a law passed in 1986 that allows girls to play with males in the age groups until they reach 19 years, after which the girls had to either play for the reserve team or go to the women’s soccer teams.

The new temporary amendment allows girls to participate with the first team, and the Dutch Federation has made it clear that it will monitor Fokima’s experience and consult with Fawarot club before making a decision on a permanent amendment to the law.

The young player expressed her happiness, and said, “It is wonderful to be able to continue playing with the team. I have been playing with my teammates since I was five years old, and I was sad because I will not be able to play with them next year.”

“It’s a big challenge, I don’t know how things will go, but I am very happy that I can participate in the new season,” she added.