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DISCOVER FOOTBALL Internationales Frauen-Fußball Kulturfestival

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The global/local exhibition REAL GROUND started in Mexico City


Mexico City. – Ganando Terreno se mueve en México. La campaña pretende generar semillas de cambio, destacar la fuerza, motivación y pasión de las mujeres que juegan, y aumentar la conciencia sobre la lucha de las mujeres dentro del fútbol.

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DISCOVER FOOTBALL EVENT: Beyond (B)orders-Grenzen im und mit Frauen*Fußball überwinden


Fußball wird auf der ganzen Welt gespielt, er beherrscht die (Sport-)medien in Deutschland und ist auch international so populär wie kaum eine andere Sportart. Dies trifft jedoch nur auf den Männer-Fußball zu. Junge Fußballerinnen werden schlechter gefördert und müssen ihren Wunsch, Fußball zu spielen oft gegen starke Diskriminierungen und gesellschaftliche Stereotype durchsetzen. Weibliche Profis werden deutlich schlechter bezahlt, ihre Leistungen werden oftmals belächelt. Dieses Jahr treten die Nationalteams der Frauen in Kanada zur Weltmeisterschaft an, doch die mediale Aufmerksamkeit ist bisher sehr gering.
Es gibt für Frauen*-Fußball viele Gründe, eine andere Richtung als die des Männer-Fußballs einzuschlagen, bei dem Rassismus und Homophobie, aber auch Hooligan-Gewalt tägliche Probleme in Stadien und Vereinen sind. Doch die öffentlichen Diskussionen darüber, wie der Frauen*-Fußball gestärkt werden kann, sind meist von Stereotypen, Sexismus und Abwertung geprägt.
Dennoch wollen immer mehr Mädchen Fußball spielen und der Frauen*-Fußball wird zunehmend populärer. Anlässlich der WM organisiert der Verein DISCOVER FOOTBALL ein internationales Frauen*-Fußball-Festival in Berlin, um Amateurteams aus ganz unterschiedlichen Ländern zu vernetzen und Chancen für einen diversen und emanzipierten Frauen*-Fußball aufzuzeigen. Die Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung möchte diesen Anlass nutzen, um über die Probleme des Profi- und Amateursports, über geografische und soziale Grenzen im Sport und über die gesellschaftliche Bedeutung und die Chancen eines diversen Frauen*-Fußballs zu diskutieren.

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DISCOVER FOOTBALL Brasilien Film beim 11mm Fußballfilmfestival


Berlin. – Fußball gilt immer noch als Männer-Domäne und weltweit, nicht nur in Brasilien, müssen sich Frauen den Fußball erkämpfen. 12 Frauen der Frauenrechts-und Frauenfußball Organisation DISCOVER FOOTBALL sind im letzten Sommer zur Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft nach Rio de Janeiro gefahren um Fußballspielerinnen und Frauenrechtsaktivistinnen aus verschiedenen Ländern zu treffen und über Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und Frauenrechte zu sprechen, sowie an der Copacabana Fußball zu spielen. DISCOVER FOOTBALL traf sich auch mit Aktivistinnen der FIFA-Proteste. Daraus ist ein Film entstanden, der am Samstag, den 21.3. im Rahmen des 11mm Fußballfilmfestivals gezeigt wird. Continue reading


Beirut. – In preparation of the Women´s Football Festival  in Lebanon, a delegation of DISCOVER FOOTBALL is currently in Beirut to meet partners and learn more about women’s football and the situation in Lebanon in general.



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Arab Female Football Festival in Lebanon July/August 2015: Apply now!

Female football teams from MENA region are invited to apply for the Arab Female Football Festival 2015 in Lebanon. We welcome all teams that play against the odds, in spite of the difficulties they face as female football players in their country.

Prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Jordan in 2016, the Lebanese Girls Football Academy (GFA) and the German NGO DISCOVER FOOTBALL will host the first international female football festival in Lebanon in July/August 2015. The goals of the tournament are to raise awareness about women’s football in the Middle East and to increase media exposure of women’s football in Lebanon and the neighboring countries.

In order to celebrate the power of female football there will be an international football tournament in Beirut combined with four days of football practice and a workshop program for young girls (ages 11-18) from different rural areas of Lebanon.

For four days, all the tournament participants will go on tour and travel from Beirut to different rural areas in Lebanon (North-Zgharta, South-Sour, Central North-Jounieh and Central South- Beirut). In each region, fun football games and educational courses related to football, gender equality and social development will be conducted for girls and women from the respective community.

For the implementation of the project GFA and DISCOVER FOOTBALL will cooperate with AFDP, Right to Play and One Goal, NGOs active in the field of sport for social development.

Find the application forms here.

APPLY NOW: 2015 Sport for Women’s Empowerment Seminar

Addressing Gender-Based Violence through Football in the Middle East and North Africa

Berlin, April 7-11, 2015

Violence against girls and women is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for girls and women, including death. According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Continue reading


DISCOVER FOOTBALL turns 5: come to the Brazil documentary premiere


Seminar on Football and Inclusivity

The Community Football Hub

As part of our Carnegie Research Seminar Series 2014-15 I am delighted to announce we have a forthcoming event hosted at Leeds Beckett University.  The event is Chaired by Dr Andy Pringle (Reader in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health) and aims to celebrate the recent publication of the Special Issue: Football and Inclusivity, edited by Dr Dan Parnell (Leeds Beckett) and Dr David Richardson (LJMU) within the Journal Soccer and Society (found here). 

The event is free to attend, if you would like to join us please email: Samantha Sherman on 

19 November 2014 Centre for Active Lifestyles

12noon – Chair, Dr Andy Pringle – Welcome

12:10 – Dr Dan Parnell (Leeds Beckett University, UK): The social role of football clubs.

12:20 – Dr Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) Growing the football game: the increasing economic and social relevance of older fans and those with disabilities…

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Asian Games shine light on women’s rights in sport

Women’s rights have become one of the focal points of the 17th Asian Games after a series of incidents that have shone a light on the issue.

On Wednesday (24 September), the Qatar women’s basketball team forfeited their opening match against Mongolia after being refused permission to wear their hijabs.

Under the strict rules of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), women are not allowed to wear their Islamic headscarves during competition.

The Qatari players were asked to remove their headgear before taking the court against Mongolia but refused, saying it violated their religious beliefs.

“We have to take this stand,” said Ahlam Salem M. Al-Mana of Qatar. “We are here to push the international association that all Muslim teams are ready to compete in any competition.”

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) issued a strongly worded statement condemning FIBA laws, which have been roundly criticised by sporting and human rights groups.

“The right of the athletes must be the highest priority,” said OCA Director General Husain Al-Musallam.

“Every athlete has the right to represent their country’s flag without discrimination or without the threat of a financial penalty.”

But this was just the latest in a series of issues relating to women at the Asian Games.

Last week, the OCA president issued a public apology after two cases of sexual harassment.

An Iranian team official was thrown out of the Games after being charged with sexually harassing a female volunteer while a Palestine soccer player was charged with the same offence after another incident at the athletes village.

President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the OCA had a zero tolerance for such incidents but said part of the problem was cultural differences.

“Of course, that kind of accident can’t be allowed to happen,” he told reporters.

“But to me also we have to understand what was the real problem… Asia — east, west, central and south — there are a lot of different cultures in this continent.”

Even before the Games, which operate under the slogan Diversity Shines Here, began, women’s rights were in the spotlight after Saudi Arabia excluded women from its team.

The Saudi stance sparked criticism from Human Rights Watch, which said the ultra-conservative state was shutting the door on female athletes, having previously shown signs of wanting to break down barriers by picking two women athletes for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Two years after the London Olympics, the time for excuses is over – Saudi Arabia needs to end its discrimination against women and ensure women’s right to participate in sport on an equal basis with men,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Sheikh Ahmad said he was surprised Saudi Arabia excluded women, believing they had “broken the ice” in London.

The Saudi officials picked a 199-member all-male team, saying their women were not sufficiently competitive. After the first five days of competition, Saudi Arabia was yet to win any medals.

From Reuters and farenet