The KNVB will start a pilot this season, in which a woman will be granted a dispensation to play in the first team of an amateur club in men's football. It concerns the nineteen year old Ellen Fokkema with the fourth division VV Foarút from the Frisian village of Menaam.
Based on the results of the pilot, the KNVB will evaluate whether there is a good basis to allow women and men to play mixed football and to change the regulations.
Until now, women have been allowed to play only with youth team boys and men teams in senior category B (reserve teams from the fourth division and below). Fokkema now becomes the first woman in category A of amateur football.
Art Langeler, director of football development of the KNVB, says on the association's website that requests come every year from women who want to play in category A of amateur football. "In my opinion it is special that girls at all levels can play mixed football, but as soon as boys from under 19 move on to category A of the men, they have to play football without the woman on their team."
"The KNVB stands for diversity and equality. We believe that there should be room for everyone in football in every way," said Langeler. "In addition, in these cases there is a nice sporting challenge that we do not want to block."
"The experience of this pilot will tell if and how it works. We will monitor how it works in close consultation with the club. On the basis of this we could apply a change in regulations."
Fokkema: 'My teammates are enthusiastic'
Fokkema thinks it is "fantastic" that she can play in the first team thanks to the pilot next season. "I've been playing with these guys since I was five and I was sorry that I wouldn't be able to play with them in a team next year."
"I asked the club if something was possible and together we submitted the request to the KNVB. My teammates reacted enthusiastically that I can stay with them. I don't dare say how things are going, but I'm very happy anyway that I can participate in this pilot. "