A woman will feel stronger,because she will become stronger

Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace- Day!

Play and Win video on how sport empowers women to address gender-based-violence:


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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What is your ground?! Share with the world!

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To all the female futbolistas out there! In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve created this platform as a place to share experiences from the game. We all know that in most corners of the world, football is regarded a … Continue reading

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

FIFA’s turf debate part of soccer’s long-standing gender problem

The symbolism of giving a synthetic turf to female athletes runs much deeper than the surface of a pitch

On Jan. 21 a group of more than 40 female soccer players dropped a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association. The complaint was filed in October, opposing FIFA’s decision to hold the upcoming Women’s World Cup tournament on synthetic turf instead of real grass. The men’s games have never been played on artificial turf, and the next two men’s tournaments, in 2018 and 2022, will be played on real grass. 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 s.sherman@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 

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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Field report from the UEFA Respect and Diversity Conference

During the two-day event (10th and 11th of September in Rome) organized by UEFA, with the support of the Fare network and FIFPro, the world players’ union, and hosted by the Italian Football Federation, 250 representatives from within football, political and governmental organizations, experts and Fare member delegates representing NGOs and minority groups met in Rome to find solutions and plan actions against discrimination in football.

For DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Pia Mann participated as a delegate in the conference. In the following interview she talks about Michel Platini, quota for more diversity in leadership positions and dress codes.

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