Professional Sports Leagues

Athletes Unlimited


Athletes Unlimited recognizes all forms of gender expression and supports athletes choosing to express their gender beyond the binary of female and male, and its policy details the pathways to participation for both transgender and non-binary athletes.

DOWNLOAD: Policy on Participation of Transgender and Non-Binary Athletes

National Women's Hockey League

The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) released a policy in December 2016, making it the first women's professional sports league to have a formal policy in place regarding the participation of transgender and non-binary athletes. The policy allows trans men not taking hormones to participate, and allows transgender women into the league following one year of cross hormone therapy. 


DOWNLOAD: NWHL Transgender Athlete Policy

National Women's Soccer League


The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) released a policy in March 2021. It details pathways for the participation of transgender and non-binary athletes and is based on the IOC policy hormone use requirements.


DOWNLOAD: NWSL Transgender Athlete Policy

Men's Leagues

To our knowledge, no men's professional sports leagues have formal policies on the participation of transgender athletes.