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DISCOVER FOOTBALL Annual Review 2021

Dear friends and supporters,

We hope you all made it through the year without being ill. The pandemic is still affecting our daily lives, is making international meetings, football games more difficult and underlines the injustice of this planet.
Nevertheless, we were happy to set a sign for womxn's football and womxn's rights this year.
Two big projects have marked our year 2021: The eighth
DISCOVER FOOTBALL tournament with international soccer tournament in Berlin in August 2021 and our one-year project in Iraq to strengthen the participation of womxn in the reconstruction and peace process in Iraq & KRI*. You will find a review and more information about the projects in this newsletter.
We would also like to draw your attention to our Christmas donation campaign: Take a look at our
DISCOVER FOOTBALL shop and donate to our NGO. You will get your favorite shirt or sweater sent to your home before Christmas!

We wish you a good start into the year 2022,


*KRI stands for Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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 R E V I E W 
The one-year project Strengthening women in and through football in Iraq/KRI started in January 2021 and consisted of different project phases:
- 10 online workshops (leadership programme) for womxn in leadership positions in football/futsal in Iraq/KRI.
- A conference in Berlin with 20 football player and experts from Iraq/KRI and the surrounding regions (October 2021).
Football events ("Action Days") organized in small groups by the project participants in Iraq and Kurdistan (November 2021).
- An evaluation meeting and Action Day in Erbil (Kurdistan) with
DISCOVER FOOTBALL as project conclusion.
More information about the project:
 R E V I E W
Leadership Programme
In the one-year leadership programme within the project "Strengthening womxn in Iraq/KRI in and through football in Iraq/KRI", 20 participants took part in 10 online workshops. Topics such as improving sports structures for womxn in Iraq/KRI, promoting training and leadership skills, discrimination and visibility of womxn's in sports etc. were discussed and analyzed in the sessions.
 R E V I E W  October 2021
From October 7 to 10, 2021, a conference on "Stregthening womxn in and through football/futsal in Iraq/KRI" took place in Berlin with the participants of the leadership programme. The aim of the conference was to meet each other in person and to network after the online workshops and to plan in small groups with the support of DISCOVER FOOTBALL own soccer events, so called "Action Days", which took place in November in Iraq & KRI.
Click here to know more about our participant Amenah Bidhan
 R E V I E W  November 2021
Action Day in Maisan, Irak - 10.11.2021
Action Day in Baghdad, Irak - 12.11.2021
Action Day in Dohuk, KRI - 24.11.2021
Watch the video to get an impression about the Action Day in Baghdad, Iraq
DISCOVER FOOTBALL in Erbil l Kurdistan,  November 2021
From November 21 to 28, the DISCOVER FOOTBALL team traveled to Erbil to visit the Action Day in Duhok and to invite the participants of the project "Strengthening womxn through and in football in Iraq/KRI" to a final evaluation and a common Action Day. The one-year project with all its different aspects was discussed and evaluated. In particular, the experiences gained in the implementation and planning of the Action Days were discussed and exchanged. Together we then carried out our own Action Day: Frisbee tournament in the park, common meal and a soccer training for all, led by a well-known trainer from Kurdistan. It was a very exciting trip for the whole DISCOVER FOOTBALL team and we hope it was not the last one to Iraq!
Project financed by the GIZ and commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
 R Ü C K B L I C K  August 2021

DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival 2021 - Care, Justice & Wellbeing

We are looking back to an amazing DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival 2021: A one-week exchange programme with around 80 football practitioners from around the world took part in Berlin in August. The Festival this year aimed to bring together teams, referees, coaches and activists for a series of workshops and a social sporting event, putting health and the development of personal projects at its core.

The event included workshops, training sessions, socializing and cultural events, as well as three days of fun-oriented football games in newly mixed teams. This enabled increased communication on and off the pitch between practitioners who have met each other for the first time! Maintaining the idea of bringing together people from all over the world on the basis of football, developing and improving football and coaching skills, the event focused on football as a tool to discuss and confront health issues and gender inequality. The Covid-19 pandemic span across the globe and made us shift our attention to the topic of HEALTH at this year’s festival.

During one week (3rd to 9th of August) around 80 womxn worked together and built a network ! Besides the internal programme we opened the Willy-Kressmann-Stadium for public for a football tournament, Open - Air Cinema, female hip hop concert and more.
Please find more information here!


The DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival was financed by: 
 R Ü C K B L I C K  2021
Step Up Equality Leadership Training
During June, July and August of 2021, we moved from insight to action in our Step Up Equality project that aims to promote gender equality and support women in sports leadership in Europe: In four online leadership workshops, two online seminar days and two offline needs-based leadership trainings we empowered sportswomen from a range of sports to become leaders, whilst also sensitising and training people of all genders on gender-based discrimination in sports and strategies for structural change. Together we explored how each and every one of us, regardless of our position in the sports hierarchy, can initiate change and contribute to the push for sport structures to become more inclusive and supportive of women in sport, and leadership in particular.
From 15. - 17. October 2021, we held the event “Kick Out Racism Cup” for women as part of the Step Up Equality (SUE) project in Berlin, in cooperation with the local NGO Champions ohne Grenzen. The NGO works with refugee women in sport and over 50 women from organisations in Berlin, Dortmund, Leipzig and Kassel took part in the jointly hosted SUE multiplier event.
Activities during the weekend ranged from informal football and teambuilding sessions, discussions and workshops on intersectional perspectives on inclusion and leadership, as well as the impact on COVID-19 on women in football, future networking and collaboration. A small-sided football tournament for women focused on fun, social inclusion and exchange, thereby providing a much-needed opportunity in particular for marginalised women to meet other sports women and teams, after many months of restrictions and reduced sports activity.

More information: here!
Step Up Equality Final Conference
The final conference of the Erasmus+ partnership in Warsaw on the 20th of November marked the end of the three-year Step Up Equality project. Hosted by AKS Zły, it offered attendees the opportunity to learn about the project’s results. The speakers included high profile leaders from sport such as: Antonella Belutti, Dr hab. Julia Kubisa, Reyes Bellves and Nasia Georgiu. DISCOVER FOOTBALL presented the report on barriers for women in sports leadership from the project's research phase. The panel discussion touched on how local civil society organisations can work towards empowering women on decision-making in sport. 
A recording of the event is available
The project is co-financed through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
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Project: Starting a womxn's soccer team
With our new project "Starting a womxn's soccer team" we want to support womxn to found new and more womxn's and girls' soccer teams in Europe from January 2022. 10 mentors and 10 mentees will be invited to a conference in Berlin to exchange ideas and motivate each other to found soccer teams. In advance as well as after the conference at the end of February 2022 in Berlin, we will offer online sessions complementary to the project. Applications can still be submitted until December 5, so feel free to share the call in your network!
More information about the project and the application form:
This project is financed by: 

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