An amateur football club based in Manchester is unable to join the FA and play in its league unless its transgender players offer “interventionist” hormone readings before the game.
Manchester Lakes is a newly formed football club, currently based Wheel range, And welcome women and non-binary people with all their abilities. However, when it comes to joining the leagues next season, their participation has proved to be an obstacle.
Under FA rules, trans players must present hormone readings before playing Test matches so that testosterone levels are “within the limits of any benefit.”
But the club is now demanding that the FA remove its “outdated policies” on heterosexual amateur players as well as mixed-gender football, and its stance is “outdated, sexist and transphobic.”
Manchester LESS is asking other football clubs to join its campaign. So far, 10 clubs have signed contracts, representing about 1,900 players.
Helen Hardy, founder of Manchester United, says that submitting readings to players before they play is “insulting, intrusive, derogatory and further reinforces how little the FA understands our transgender family.” Is”.
She says other sports, such as hockey, have rewritten their transgender policies to “reflect the modern world.”
“The clubs have revoked their affiliation with the FA to continue to be comprehensive,” Helen said.
“Leagues such as the Gay Football Supporters Network National League (GFSN) have been set up because a club cannot be physically part of the FA and cannot join itself.
“These amazing leagues don’t solve the FA problem, they just move their goal point into that problem.”
A spokesman for the English FA said: “The FA released its Transgender Policy in 2014, identifying ways in which trans people can enjoy playing football. The organization was written in partnership with Gender Intelligence.
“We will continue to work with them to provide additional information to enhance football guidance and to review policy as part of good governance.”
But Helen says the FA’s “gay stance” around amateur mixed-sex football has exacerbated the problem.
Currently, mixed sex football is only allowed to be restricted to the age of U18.
“It’s a version of football all over the Western world that the FA considers dangerous for women’s consent,” he said.
“All this law furthers the misconception that amateur women are different in quality than amateur men,” he said. It also keeps amateur football out of the fray.
“I play with the men’s team and I run a mixed gender league with over 1,000 people; it was all unrelated because the FA doesn’t think women are strong enough to play with men. The Games are regularly attended by 1,000 people. The United States, the Netherlands and Australia will also have differences.
The FA says it has conducted extensive research on its mixed-gender policy with Brunel University since 2006.
In addition, in Manchester, the City Football Academy was recently split by the FA to run a summer league for mixed participants. The FA also said it was “recognized globally as a top authority on mixed football” and had worked with and supported trans people from across the country and above to ensure that Make it possible for them to play football in a safe and inclusive environment. .