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28.8.-4.9. in Berlin: Make Football a Home for Everyone!

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DISCOVER FOOTBALL FESTIVAL 2016 – HOME GAME

This years’ festival is the 5th international event of its kind being held in Berlin since 2010. Eight women’s teams from around the world – about 100 football players, coaches, referees and activists – will be invited to participate in this event in Berlin. The program will include workshops and training sessions as well as public friendly matches, exhibitions, panel discussions and forums, outdoor activities, concerts and films.

Maintaining the idea of bringing together women from all over the world on the basis of football, in 2016 the event focuses on the current global situation of refugee movements: Discussions and (theoretical as well as playful) approaches will be dealing with the questions of how to address these new challenges through football: How are our teams affected by players’ experiences of flight or migration? How can football help to welcome new players from other countries? How can we create a more inclusive football that fights for female refugees’ rights? Therefore, the 4-day friendly tournament will be played in mixed teams and the 2-day preparation workshops and training sessions being held before and during the tournament will also be mixed. The event will take place in Berlin Kreuzberg at the Willy-Kressmann Stadium. Workshops (2 days) – Coach-the-coach peer-program – Football Tournament (4 days) – Cultural program (concerts, films, etc.) – Panel discussions – Girls Football Camp  – Art Exhibition – International Multimedia Exhibition – Action Day to Berlin´s Refugee Camps – Digital Storytelling

Find all the application material here

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DISCOVER FOOTBALL Goes Lebanon

11695020_10153469570568270_5347638941771934246_n We successfully completed the DISCVOER FOOTBALL Festival in Berlin and are now looking forward to our next project. Together with the Lebanese Girls Football Academy (GFA) we will host the first international female football festival in the MENA region,  July 27 till August 2, 2015.

OUR GOAL: Raise awareness about women’s football in the region and to increase media exposure of women’s football in Lebanon and the neighboring countries.

OUR VISION: Greater acceptance of women’s football as a symbol for gender equality and social integration in Lebanon and other Arab countries, opportunities and more rights for girls from rural areas.

In order to celebrate the power of female football we organize an international football tournament in Beirut combined with football practice and a workshop program for young girls from different rural areas of 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 communities.

And in the afternoon teams from several Arab countries and of course DISCOVER FOOTBALL will compete on the pitch in order to share empowerment, solidarity and freedom.

We will simply celebrate Our Game, Our Goals!

WE PLAY till the end – WIR SPIELEN bis zum Schluß

Tropischen Temperaturen beim diesjährigen DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival hat Frauen aus der ganzen Welt nicht vom Kicken abgehalten. Für viele war es das erste mal, an einem internationalen Turnier teilnehmen zu können, neue Kontakte zu knüpfen und Zeit zum Austausch zu haben. Tropical temperatures at this year’s DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival have not stopped women from around the world from kicking the ball. For many it was the first time to participate in an international tournament, to meet new friends and having time to exchange their stories.

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Tibet women football players attending DISCOVER FOOTBALL festival in Berlin

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A women delegation representing the Tibet Women’s Football organisation has been invited to play in our DISCOVER FOOTBALL festival. It is for the first time since its formation in 2011 that the Tibetan women football team in exile is travelling abroad. 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.

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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Welcome to the new global platform on women´s football and empowerment

The women´s football and women´s rights NGO DISCOVER FOOTBALL hosts this blog on international women´s football and empowerment in order to organize advocacy efforts,  coordinate activities, share information and raise awareness.

The idea developed during the Brazil Campaign on women´s football and empowerment in Rio de Janeiro during the FIFA World Cup 2014. The international campaign team decided to continue to work together to increase visibility of women in football and to combat sexism, homophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination on and off the pitch.

This initiative is open to everyone, who is involved in football and women´s rights.

One example of organized international advocacy was the Action Day in July 2014. The idea is to have decentralized Action Days once a year in several countries and cooperate on other advocacy activities e.g sharing information about current discussions and conferences and inform each other about problems in different countries. This way we can share resources and solidarity.

Share event announcements, stories, calls for action and campaigns with: womensfootballaction@discoverfootball.de