Elle Fokkema: Dutch authority grants 19-year-old lady permission to play with men's team

Elle Fokkema: Dutch authority grants 19-year-old lady permission to play with men's team

- Elle Fokkema is set to represent VV Foarut's first-team next season

- The 19-year-old will become the first lady to achieve the feat in the Dutch League

- The outcome of the trial might influence the standing policy in the country

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Ellen Fokkema will become a history maker in the Dutch football scenes after being granted the chance to play for fourth division side VV Foarut's first-team.

The 19-year-old has been given the green light by the Netherlands football authority to join the men's team for the 2020-21 season.

According to the BBC, the success of the trial could see the country review and amend the regulations guiding mixed football.

Sport Bible claims the Netherlands have a standing law since 1986 which gives room for women able to play with men until they clock 19 - or play in any category B men's team once they pass that age.

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Fokkema has been with Foarut since she was five and the made a request and it was quickly sanctioned.

While reacting to the unusual situation, she said, as per NL Times: "It is fantastic that I can continue to play with this team.

"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.

"The KNVB always advised me to play with the boys for as long a possible, so why shouldn't it be possible? It is quite a challenge, but that only excites me more. I asked the club if something was possible and together we submitted the request to the KNVB.

Elle Fokkema: Dutch authority grants 19-year-old lady permission to play with men's team

Elle Fokkema modelling the club jersey with her male colleagues. Photo Credit: Twitter @Joel_Khamadi
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"I dare not say how this will go, but I am very happy anyway that I can participate in this experiment."

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The team, on the other hand, is excited about the decision to allow Fokemma to play with them next campaign, adding that they are happy being part of history in the making.

As per Art Langeler, director of football development at the Dutch FA, the governing body regularly receive requests for women to be part of men's sides at amateur level.

And if this pilot is a success, it could well bring a permanent change to the rules in place.

"The KNVB stands for diversity and equality and we believe there should be room for everyone in every way in football," Langeler stated.

"That is why we start this experiment. Experience will tell if and how it works. We will monitor how things go in close consultation with the club. Based on that, we could apply a change of regulation.".

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Pep Guardiola has been a huge admirer of the Netherlands international and quickly secured his services shortly after the close of the 2019-20 campaign.

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