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Access this URL (http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/equality/lgbt/summary.ashx?la=en)Summary[Link to copy hosted by The FA]
Access this URL (http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/equality/lgbt/the-fa-policy-on-trans-people-in-football.ashx?la=en)Full Policy[Link to copy hosted by The FA]
Access this URL (http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/equality/lgbt/commencement-of-an-appeal.ashx?la=en)How to Appeal[Link to copy hosted by The FA]
Access this URL (http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/equality/lgbt/frequently-asked-questions.ashx?la=en)Frequently Asked Questions[Link to copy hosted by The FA]
Download this file (summary.pdf)Summary[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]
Download this file (the-fa-policy-on-trans-people-in-football.pdf)Full Policy[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]
Download this file (commencement-of-an-appeal.pdf)How to Appeal[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]
Download this file (frequently-asked-questions.pdf)Frequently Asked Questions[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]

Brief Summary

The Football Association's (FA) official policy on trans people in football.

Extract from Document

The FA has undergone a review of its policy on transgender players in line with its commitment to promote Football for Everyone. It is the FA’s firm view that gender
identity should not be a barrier to participation in football which is governed by The FA. The FA is intent on making football a lifelong experience, and ensuring the inclusion and safety of participants.

Under 16’s

All U16’s may play in a mixed team, or an U16 girls’ or boys’ team, regardless of their natal sex.

16 and over

According to The FA rules, players who are 16 and over must not play in mixed teams of men and women. However, transgender players may apply to the FA for approval to play in their affirmed gender. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on the following two criteria:

  1. The safety of the applicant and other players; and
  2. Fair competition.

The FA will, in most cases, approve a player’s application to play in their affirmed gender if they can show that:

  • Hormonal therapy appropriate for the assigned sex has been administered in a verifiable manner and for a sufficient length of time, or
  • The individual has had a gonadectomy so that any gender-related advantage in sport competitions is minimised. In all cases, a confidential case-by-case review will be undertaken and repeated annually by The Head of Medical Services with specialist support where necessary.

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