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Cold Facts: Children who are not comfortable with their legal gender locked out from the football team

”We set a good example and showing openness and respect for people's equal value and to counteract all forms of discrimination.”

This writes the Swedish football association (Copenhagen) in his värdegrundspolicy.

It continues:

”Football should be accessible to all.”

all feel that they are included.

It shows måndagskvällens section of TV4's Cold Facts, that DN has taken part of in advance.

if children and young people who are not comfortable with their legal gender. For example, Julle, soon ten years, as in one case that earlier caught the attention of, inter alia, Sydsvenskan not allowed to play in their boys and girls teams.

the Dinghy is physically seen the girl, but identifies as a boy.

– My image of how the Swedish football association has set itself to this is that you ridiculed it in any way, " says Julles mother Petra to the Cold, hard Facts.

" It feels like they have zero knowledge, and do not know which leg they should stand on.

and young people are turning to the health care for the gender that they were assigned when they were born, not consistent with how they perceive themselves.

The scientific term is könsdysfori, and the number of referrals to child and youth psychiatry is according to the Cold Facts of about 250 a year.

"this has increased throughout the western world," says Louise Frisén, consultant in child psychiatry, in the program and continue talking about what ages it is:

– The most common are in the upper teens, but we have children as small as four to five years.

for tävlingsfotboll has long been that girls are allowed to play with boys, but that boys are not allowed to play with the girls. But at the same time, the football teams themselves who decide how they want to divide their players in the team – based level, age, or gender.

During the autumn, however, there have been some changes. The league's rule for match play changed. The boys can now play with the girls – but only up to the age of twelve.

”the Exemption may be granted only after a thorough examination and if there are particular and special reasons”, tells the Cold, hard Facts. But at the same time, it is still the compounds have the authority to make decisions about lagindelning.

"I do not think that we are centrally located to sit and decide what to apply in our associations," says Anders Hübinette, Copenhagen's general counsel.

”come longer” than Copenhagen in this issue, notes the Cold, hard Facts.

In England, a play with which team they want to in all distriktsserier up to 18 years of age. And already in 2015, the Norwegian football association, Norwegian children and young people can play with who they want to up to 19 years.

the Dinghy has now found a new team in a new association in Sweden.

But if a club in Norway had acted as Julles former club, it would have had the impact, " says Henrik Lunde, sektionsledare for children and youth in Norwegian football association, in the TV4 program.

ask Anders Hübinette if Sweden is more conservative than other countries.

" I don't want to say that we are conservative, but we are taking steps in the right direction and is open for change, responds Copenhagen's general counsel.

– But at the same time, we note that we want a broad discussion in the Swedish fotbollsrörelsen around these issues, for there are certainly many opinions and many tyckare who want to think before we take some central decisions.

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