Wir freuen uns auf Frauen*teams  aus der ganzen Welt.

In einer gesellschaftlichen Stimmung, die auch in Berlin oft von Ab- und Ausgrenzung geprägt ist, setzt der Verein Champions ohne Grenzen seit 2012 Akzente der Offenheit. Anders als die meisten geschlossenen Fußballvereine, gehen die Champions als erste sportbezogene NGO in Berlin aktiv auf Geflüchtete zu und ermöglichen Sporttrainings ohne bürokratische oder sprachliche Hürden. Seit rund 1,5 Jahren spielen im Verein auch Frauen* in einem eigenen Team. Hier begegnen sich Spielerinnen* aus Russland, Togo, Kosovo, Kuba und Deutschland zu gemeinsamem Spiel, Spaß und Sprechen.


“Am Ball bleiben” ist das Motto der quirligen Frauen*-Truppe aus Berlin. Frau am Ball ist das erste inklusive Team für Frauen* mit und ohne Behinderung in der deutschen Hauptstadt. Hier sollen die unterschiedlichsten Fähigkeiten in einem geschützten Rahmen wertgeschätzt werden. Das hat Erfolg: Nicht nur ist die Energie des Teams ansteckend, auch hat der ehrenamtlich geführte Verein bereits an den Special Olympics und zahlreichen Turnieren teilgenommen.


The GUERREIRASPROJECT is a collective of athletes, artists and academics that uses football as a tool for gender justice and social change. The name comes from the Portuguese term 'guerreira' which means 'female warrior'. Female football players in Brazil use this term on account of the struggle to be accepted and supported within the traditionally male dominated game. It aims at promoting empowered minds and bodies and raising questions around the regulation of bodies, possibilities of resistance, and social justice within and beyond the game. Therefore, GUERREIRASPROJECT launches multimedia exhibitions like REAL GROUND, performances and research as well as capacity-building workshops to position professional football players as ambassadors of women's rights and gender justice in their communities.

“The best project is to give voice to those who most of the time have been in silence and that is what we work on in the Guerreiras Project. We really work hard to select stories and show for who wants to hear how many great women there are in our society.”


Jambo Bukoba is the name of a German-Tanzanian NGO concerned with sports education in school structures. About 700 teachers from Tanzania are trained in the programmes designed to present children with goals and motivate them through sports to achieve better performance in school. But it isn’t just the children who have become interested. Even the female teachers have become strengthened in their creativity and important position, and motivated to get healthy and play sports regardless of age.

“Football has helped female students not to feel shy, and to be involved in the game and in the class.” Jean Mulokozi

“I personally believe in the power of sports among different people of different age, race, colour, nationality, etc. Football makes all different people speak the same language.” Gonzaga Stephen Kananura


The players from Burkina Faso live up to their name: as "princesses" of the Sahel region they have been pioneers in all women's football since 1998, even across geographic borders. With the political support of Marguerite Karama these women from Ouagadougou have taken initiative and organized several 5-nation friendly tournaments, earning them the reputation as an engaged and powerful team. Their motto " “savoir lutter & pouvoir gagner” (English: "to know how to fight and be able to win") refers to the fact that success in sports also had, and still has, to do with the fight for more space to play.


In Norway, women * from Iraq, Syria and other countries have come together to play football together. Sharing the experiences of flight and pursuit, but also of the strength through sports. Some of the women have played in the Syrian National Team * and accessed via organized sport large networks such as the DISCOVER FOOTBALL network.


The team is a safe space for women and girls that combine football activities and LGBTIQ activism. Just like Jelena Celebic, who has been an activist for more than a decade now, all the players had to stand up for their right to play when they were young. This now is on the roots of their commitment for women’s visibility in football that is revealed in workshops on issues, also related to coming-out or against auto-homophobia in football.

“What I do know is that society is what we make of it - and since it’s constructed the way it is can be deconstructed and changed, boundaries are our to move, we can be whatever we want to be if we strive for what we want.” Jelena Celebic

“I long to see generations of girls playing football, pursuing their professional dreams, building themselves the way they want to be in a society which is more aware with no iron-dividers between girls’ and boys’ sports and professions.”
Jelena Celebic


Since 2008 former professional female football players and activists with "La Nuestra Futbol Femenino" have gone to the amateur football fields in La Villa 31 to play in order to be tangible role models for young girls. In one of the biggest slums in Buenos Aires there are hardly any other ways to achieve this.  Despite many obstacles, the women kept joining La Nuestra and kept fighting for their right to play football. Meanwhile there is now an official game venue in La Villa 31 and about 90 players and 5 coaches and educators. The initiative is now starting pilot projects in other areas of Buenos Aires and is gaining attention for the needs of girls and young women with their own documentary film.


Also in Cambodia, the idea of girls playing football is met with many reservations. The SALT Academy organizes local trainings and workshops in Battambang and uses football to help build positive relationships, strengthen confidence, and build leadership qualities. The first addressees are young women, victims of human trafficking. But older people are also included in the collective work and volunteering so that cross-generational prejudices and gender stereotypes can be torn down. The social mission also pays off in the realm of sports - the women in the "Mighty Girls" programme are among the best players in the country and have won the last three championships.

“For girls to play football in Cambodia is to challenge nearly everything it means to be a woman. Khmer girls are supposed to be gentle, reserved and obedient. Playing football goes against everything that is traditional for Khmer girls. However, more and more girls and women are redefining what it means to be a woman in Cambodia.” SALT Academy

Shanghai University of Sport | China

The sport university of Shanghai is the oldest of its kind in China. Since the end of the 1980s the university has had football teams that are now successfully leading the university league. Although women have been trained in classic olympic sports for decades in China, football has only gained a financial boost in the last few years. Particularly interesting here is the development since the 1990s that underrepresentation of women in football structures exists. The players of the SUS play and study simultaneously and are excited about their first trip to the DISCOVER FOOTBALL tournament.


The club, composed of black lesbians, was named after Thokozani Qwabe, a young lesbian football player and victim of a hate crime in 2007. Since then, the team has advocated for gay rights and against lesbophobia in football. The team provides not only the joy of the game, but also a safe space and a net of mutual support for lesbian football players. Thokozani’s work also continues off the pitch: in cooperation with Les Degommeuses from Paris, the team produced a collective portrait of the players’ everyday struggles and achievements.

“Soccer gathers people from different spheres, and I am able to talk with my problems that I have at home and in life. My team mates and coaches are able to advise me all the time when I have no shoulder to cry on.” S’Iindile Purity Hlongwa

“Living under conditions of being discriminated sometimes is fatal and causes a low self-esteem and may result in fear, hestitation and poor performance. When I work hard in the pitch, sweating and kick the ball to my fellow team mates, moving forward to score a goal and defend as a team, not giving up, it all brings the hope of better future for us concerning soccer, education and work opportunities.” Nokulunga Luh Cele


In 2011 the first women-only football training was offered in the Tibetan community in India. The idea was for women to be able to connect with each other and other female athletes around the world, and to use the sport as a loudspeaker for their concerns as female refugees. In the meantime Tibetan women's football has developed a programme of professional training in health and team building that is second to none. The result is groundbreaking: football is the first sport that will have a Tibetan women's national team. Besides that the entire organization is supported by women and for women and is inspiring international attention.

“TWF aims to facilitate the expansion of the female Tibetan voice and nurture the idea that Tibetan women possess the talent and capabilities equivalent to men.” - Cassie Childers


The team is focusing on women and girls from rural areas. Using a peer-to-peer-strategy, the young women are sensibilized for socially relevant topics such as early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. The risk of unsafe sex is adressed in playfull ways through the game of football. Sports are also used as a tool to help build and develop the quality of women and girls based on their talent and physical strength.