Iran Women's National Football Team

Iranian women footballers will be required to undergo mandatory gender-testing after it was revealed that four players in the national women’s team were in fact men.

Medical examiners will conduct random checks at training sessions and any players who fail the examination and cannot prove that they are completely female will be barred from the competition.

Iran Women's National Football TeamIran’s football governing body announced the random checks after it was revealed that several leading players, including four in the national women’s team, were men who had not completed sex change operations or who were suffering from sexual development disorders, reported the Telegraph.

Sex change operations have been legal in Iran since 1979, when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a religious ruling saying they were acceptable.
The legality of sex change procedures contrasts with the country’s otherwise strict laws regarding sexual morality under the nation’s Sharia code, which forbids homosexuality and pre-marital sex, among other things.

While those who cannot prove they are female will be barred from competing in the women’s competition, they will be re-admitted once they have completed the sex change process.
‘If these people can solve their problems through surgery and be in a position to receive the necessary medical qualifications, they will then be able to participate in [women’s] football,’ Ahmad Hashemian, head of the Iranian football federation’s medical committee, told IRNA, the state news agency.

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Football is immensely popular in Iran among both men and women, even though women are not able to attend games between male teams.

Seven players have already had their contracts terminated since the Iranian football federation said that clubs were required to establish a player’s gender before signing them.

Concerns about the sex of players first emerged four years ago, it is believed, when one women’s team raised suspicions about the goalkeeper on an opposing team.

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  1. yegan 7 years ago

    hi im an iranian player. unfortunally its political thing thats not true. i were in iran national team for 3 years but its a joke. some of players in iran are tomboys and they cant understand this subject beacuse of covering and says that this players has sexgendre problem. we dont have national team for 2years beacuse of this political lies. im really tired of this situation beacuse here is no train no money no national team. i really cant increase my abilities.

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      WSU 7 years ago

      Nice to meet you Yegan, welcome to WSU.
      I am not surprised that you are tired of this situation! I was unaware that you had no national team for 2 years because of this!

  2. WSU 8 years ago

    Thank you for your comment Keith – I completely agree with your points.

  3. WSU 8 years ago

    Comment by keithboanas on 11 February 2014

    This is quite sad and we played in a tournament last year where we had suspicions of this situation . In the UK I believe because I met one player whilst coaching there that a male who has the necessary operation still has to wait two years before being eligible to compete in women’s football . There is obviously the issue of certain other strength and physical attributes that they do not lose and could give them a distinct advantage in the women’s game. No one and I mean no one should deprive someone who genuinely wants to be another gender because their mind and feelings say so not to be able to participate in sport. But no one should be doing this purely and simply to gain an advantage in a sport, it would be equivalent though much more extreme than taking performance enhancing drugs. So I hope and pray that no association , club , country or peer would put a young person under this kind of pressure. Ps we are due to face Iran in a tournament next month , the players we met last year were wonderful, respectful and friendly I hope that this does not harm the genuine players opportunities.

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