The Dutch Football Federation has announced that starting from next season, women will be able to play in senior men’s teams in the Netherlands.
Historically, mixed football involving boys and girls have been established since 1986 in the country with them being able to play with and against one another up until the age 12.
After the age of 12, they are required to choose their respective categories with the boys joining the Category A senior teams.
With this new change, women will now be able to play with or against men in the Category A league, allowing mixed games within adults as against the existing mixed games among kids.
Announcing the change, the KNVB amateur football director Jan Dirk van der Zee said: “Until now, mixed football was possible in the entire youth in the Netherlands.
“However, as soon as women reached the senior age, they had to choose between playing in a women’s league or continuing to play mixed in the B category.
“On the basis of recent research results, we no longer see any reason to stick to this and opt for equality and diversity.
“We want girls and women to find a suitable place in the football landscape based on their qualities and own ambitions.”