I saw that. How stupid.
The youth sports league here requires birth certificates, to verify age. Also could be used to verify sex if necessary. (Note: I did not use the term "gender" because it seems to be a misunderstood term nowadays).
They do use birth certificates. More specifically, each team rosters their players with the state soccer association, providing copies of birth certificates among other items for each player. Each player then is issued a player pass (though given to the coach), and the coach brings those (laminated) passes to the game. (I also brought copies of each birth certificate to the game when I coached select soccer.)
This is just another example of the fake story getting out ahead of the real story.
The player and team were not disqualified because "she looked like a boy." The team was disqualified because the official team roster, both for their league and for this tournament, listed the player as a male, not a female. Seems to have been a typo, but the official roster is what needs to be followed, if you went by the "letter of the rules".
State soccer association has come out and send that it likely could have been handled differently. I imagine that the player pass would show the correct gender/sex of the player. It is laughable that the dad or coach thought that an insurance card would be sufficient proof. It seems to me that the coach could have solved the problem in one of two ways.
1. PROOF READ THE ROSTER!
2. Carry the cards and birth certificates to every game.
The other issue is that this was a tournament in a small town that ws not sanctioned by the state soccer association. I have had player eligibility issues arise in tournaments before, and they can be quickly and easily handled through documentation. (Tournaments always raise issues because you are allowed to bring on guest players.)
BTW, that is the biggest fact that gets left out of the story, as I understand the circumstances. Even if the team was not DQ'd for this player, it would have been DQ''s because players were improperly on more than one team's roster for the tournament. (Playing for teams at different age levels.)