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OFFICIAL: Borussia Dortmund to create a women’s team with start the 2021/2022 season

As the last of the big clubs in Germany, the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) have announced that they will create a women’s team. From next season, the 2021/2022 season, there will be a BVB women’s team competing in the Kreisliga B, the eighth tier of German women’s football. The club have the goal to reach to the top over the next ten years.

“We have set ourselves the goal of organically building up women’s football within the club from the bottom up, so the new team will initially start in the district league B. Within a decade the black and yellow colors should then be represented in the women’s league if possible,” read a newsletter to the club’s members.

Alexandra Popp has been a die-hard Borussia Dortmund fan since childhood (Photo: alex.popp11/Instagram)

Recently, more and more German national players, including Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg) and Lina Magull (Bayern Munich) have said that they would welcome a women’s football project in Dortmund. The captain of the German national team Alexandra Popp has said that she one day would like to play for BVB. Popp, who has been a die-hard Borussia Dortmund fan since childhood, reacted to a fan banner last year which saw the supporters of Dortmund during a match display a banner which read:

“Football is for everyone – women’s team now!”

Popp then responded on her social media:

“It would be nice if it happened and I could perhaps end my career with the club which is in my heart!”

BVB’s managing director Carsten Cramer said about the new project:

“The club’s final decision for girls’ and women’s football was preceded by a survey among both BVB members and Dortmund football clubs. One thing is certain: Borussia Dortmund will not take over a license from a professional club, but will organically develop women’s football within the club. It became clear in all the conversations that the authentic and sporty BVB path is the right one.”

BVB is then taking a similar path as Schalke 04 recently did when they announced that they would also have a women’s team to compete in the district league B for the first time.