The Dutch Football Association has announced that it will allow a woman to play competitively in a men’s club in the Fourth Division, with the aim of achieving a greater participation of women in men’s football in the future. The player in question is Ellen Fokkema, 19, who is active and will continue at VV Foarut.
It should be remembered that girls and young women have permission for Category A mixed football until under 19 years of age. After that they must perform separately with Category B squads or in women’s soccer. But this KNVB permission sets an important precedent because it has never been seen before.
Een mooie reportage van @OmropFryslan over Ellen Fokkema die komend seizoen bij het eerste van Foarut zal aansluiten https://t.co/9QSwoAVat3
– v.v. Foarút (@vvFoarut) August 4, 2020
The footballer herself has granted an interview in which she shows her happiness at being able to continue playing with the men’s team: « They always advised me to continue with the children as long as possible so why not do it? It’s a challenge, but that only excites me more.
«I asked if something like this was possible and together we presented the request. My colleagues also reacted with enthusiasm because I can stay with them. I cannot say what it will be like, but I am still very happy to be able to participate in this pilot plan « , he added Ellen Fokkema to the official media of her club.
The Dutch federation added that they will closely monitor the development of the situation, so if the formula is successful they would study a modification of the norm so that women can compete in men’s teams if the clubs consider it appropriate. Ellen Fokkema is a pioneer of something that in the future can be seen normally in Dutch and world football.