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First female soccer player to play with men in the Netherlands

Ellen Fokkema, a 19-year-old player, is the first woman to join a men's soccer team in the Dutch league .

VVFoarut team

In the Netherlands they start a pilot plan with a woman in category A men. / Photo: foarut.nl - Henk Jan Dijks - www.henkjandijks.nl

The Woman Post | Maria Lourdes Zimmermann

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Fokkema is part of a pilot program that aims to integrate women into men's leagues to create mixed soccer teams.

In the 2020/2021 season, the Royal Netherlands Football Association KNVB, the body in charge of this sport in the Netherlands, whose headquarters are in Zeistel; is starting a pilot in collaboration with VV Foarut football club of Menaldum, to allow women in amateur football to participate in category A for men.

Ellen Fokkema will be the first woman in the division to play soccer in VV Foarut's first men's team, which plays in the fourth division. Based on the pilot results, the KNVB will assess whether there is a good basis to allow women and men to play mixed football in category A, and to permanently amend the regulations.

“Girls can now play co-ed soccer in teams of very young players. However, as soon as children move from under 19 years to category A for men, women are forced to play football in category B with men or in a women's team ”explains the KNVB in a statement for the press.

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“By granting the opportunity and monitoring Fokkema on an individual basis, as will now be the case at VV Foarut, the KNVB will have all the arguments to make the decision to allow women to be eligible to play Category A in mixed senior teams in the future ” . Affirms the football association of the Netherlands.

"It's great to be able to continue playing for this team," says Ellen Fokkema, a VV Foarut first-team player. "I've been playing with these guys since I was five years old and I was sorry that I wouldn't be able to play with them on a team next year due to regulations."

"From the KNVB they always advised me to continue playing with the men as long as possible, so why not do it?" This was enough encouragement for the young player to make the proposal to the club and together they submitted the application to the KNVB which months later it accepted, allowing Ellen Fokkema to be the first woman in the division to play soccer in VV Foarut's first men's team. .

"I do not dare to say how it will be, but anyway I am very happy to be able to participate in this pilot", the soccer player concludes.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Cambio histórico en el fútbol holandés: Ellen Fokkema será la primera jugadora que integrará un equipo masculino. . .  La Federación Holandesa de Fútbol le permitió a la deportista de 19 años ser parte del plantel principal del VV Foarút, de la cuarta división. "Representa diversidad e igualdad. Creemos que debe haber espacio para todos en todos los sentidos", explicaron . .  En esta ocasión, la Federación Holandesa de Fútbol (KNVB) publicó un comunicado en su página web oficial en el que anunció que en la próxima temporada se llevará a cabo “una prueba piloto para permitir que las mujeres en el fútbol aficionado participen en la categoría A masculina”. . .  Se trata de la joven Ellen Fokkema, quien se formó en las filas del VV Foarút y que integraba el equipo de fútbol mixto del club, en el que juegan todos los menores de 18 años, el cual se puso en marcha en el país en 1986 y ha sido una parte oficial de la KNVB desde entonces. . .  Sin embargo, hasta ahora, cuando cumplían 19 años los varones ascendían a la Categoría A mientras que las mujeres se veían obligadas a jugar en la Categoría B con otros hombres o en un equipo femenino. . .  Hoy en día es bastante normal que los niños y niñas jueguen al fútbol juntos”, sentenció el texto. Sin embargo, ahora darán un paso más con esta decisión histórica que seguramente quedará como un cambio emblemático acorde a los tiempos que corren. . .  ¿Qué te parece? #futbol #holanda #femenino #masculino #KNVB #mixto #EllenFokkema

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