A rainbow flag lies on the grass during the women's DFB Cup match between VfL Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen
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The German Football Association lets transgender, intersex and non-binary people decide for themselves whether they play in a women's or a men's team.
The new regulation will apply to amateur and youth football as well as futsal from the coming season.
People with the marital status entry "diverse" or "unspecified" and footballers who have had their gender matched can then choose between the two permissions to play.
This also applies to transgender footballers, "who can now change at a self-determined time or initially stay in the team in which they have previously played".
Trusted persons should help with enforcement
As long as the sporting activity while taking medication does not impair the health of the person concerned, the person could take part in the game, “which is why the new regulation excludes doping relevance”.
Persons of trust in the state and regional associations should support the footballers concerned “in order to keep access low-threshold”, as the DFB wrote.
DFB ambassador Thomas Hitzlsperger welcomes the move.
The regulation of gaming law would enable players of different gender identities to play, said the former national player in the DFB statement.
The Berlin Football Association had already introduced corresponding rules in 2019.
According to the DFB, experience has shown that the integrity of the competition is “not endangered” by this.