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DISCOVER FOOTBALL – Project 2020/2021

Strengthening women in and through football in Iraq (all regions)

In 2021, DISCOVER FOOTBALL will run a 12-month leadership programme for women in football/futsal in Iraq (all regions), starting in January. The programme will be delivered via blended learning methods, with both in-person and online events

The aim of the programme is for participants to learn and strengthen their leadership skills, as well as applying them to their local sports contexts. Additionally, it aims to increase the participation of women and girls in sport and society in Iraq (all regions). The curriculum for the workshops will be tailored to the needs of the group through a needs-analysis at the beginning of the year. Workshops may include sessions on communication, leadership, resilience, gender-based discrimination, stakeholder analysis, networking and support structures. DISCOVER FOOTBALL will work with international experts in women’s football and around women’s rights to deliver this programme.

The main components will be a series of online workshops throughout 2021. Participants will learn and exchange ideas in a series of online workshop sessions over the duration of the programme. They will apply their learning by collaborating, designing and implementing community sporting initiatives for women and girls.  In addition, they will play an active role in a DISCOVER FOOTBALL football conference and festival in 2021.

This project consists of four phases:

  1. Needs-analysis, including an online survey (November 2020 - February 2021)
  2. Online leadership curriculum with 10 online sessions (January - December 2021)
  3. Conference in Berlin: football players and experts from Iraq and neighboring regions are invited to Berlin (August 2021)
  4. Women's Football & Culture Festival in Iraq or a nearby region (November 2021)


Project financed by the GIZ commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.