The German Football Association (DFB) on Thursday announced a change to its regulations to allow transgender, intersex and non-binary people to choose next season whether they want to compete in the men’s or women’s team.
“This applies to transgender players who can now decide at any time, for themselves, whether they want to change or remain in the team they played for before,” the DFB explained in a statement.
Some difficulties arose in various teams and associations since 2018 to register these people until a law allowed that next to the “female” or “male” fields in civil documents the term “diverse” also appear in the section dedicated to gender.
The DFB follows the example of the football league in Berlin, which had already introduced similar rules in 2019 “without compromising” the integrity of the competition.
“After all, all people have different physical strengths and capabilities that lead to collective success in a team, regardless of gender,” estimated the DFB.
However, the drugs taken by these people during their gender transitions should not affect their performance, otherwise there is a risk of being considered doping, warns the German Federation.
This decision comes a week after the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) announcement to create an “open category” to allow transgender athletes to participate separately.