The FA is wrong to prevent girls playing football in mixed teams sign now

Unlike many other countries, the English Football Association does not allow girls to play in mixed football teams above the under-11s age group. This ruling had been suspended for a trial period pending an assessment. The FA Executive and the FA Council evaluated the evidence from the trial and recommended to extend mixed football to include the under-13s age group. The FA AGM on 19 May voted against this proposal which means that girls can no longer play in mixed teams above the under-11s age group.


From the FA’s statement one can only speculate on the thinking that lies behind this rejection and with many other countries encouraging mixed football it sends an unfortunate message of an organisation that has yet to come to terms with equality of opportunity in the 21st century. Worryingly, the FA’s statement implies that the Executive itself , who supported the extension of mixed teams, does not understand what lies behind the rejection by the AGM

The FA Executive will try to establish the reasons why some stakeholders voted against the proposal in order to understand their concerns and to explore the possibility of revisiting the proposal in the future. Sadly this is no consolation to our team (Melbourn Dynamos Under - 12s Tigers) which is going to be torn apart and to the key players who are now prevented from playing for us because of the FA's unjustified and unfair decision.

We ask you to join us in petitioning the FA to change the decision that prevents girls from playing in mixed teams

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parents and families of young footballers; the wider football community

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