Arab Female Football Festival: Our Game, Our Goals

The first female football festival to take place in Lebanon, Our Game, Our Goals , runs from July 26th to August 1st 2015.

Teams from Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon and Germany will play a tournament in Beirut. There are also 4 days of workshops and football practice with girls between the ages of 11-18 in four different regions: North (Salem Zgharta), South (Sour), West (Bhamdoun) and central (Nejmeh). The festival is co-organised by DISCOVER FOOTBALL and the Girls Football Academy of Beirut, Lebanon in partnership with World Vision, Right to Play, FES Lebanon and the AFDP.

Our Game, Our Goals has a clear message: Prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Jordan in October 2016 we want to show that football is for everyone. We want to celebrate the power of football by showing exciting matches between professional women's football teams from the Arab region and beyond. We want to invite girls to show us how they claim the pitch and get the ball rolling through our workshop sessions. Football for us is more than a game: We want to provide a platform for sharing our stories, discussing women's rights, challenging gender stereotypes and start taking action.

Visitors are welcome to watch the international matches, entrance free.  Girls from 11-18 can join the workshops and football practice for free.


SUN   26  Beirut Nejmeh-Stadium
7:30pm – 9:00pm  Opening Ceremony 

MON  27 Salem Zgharta-Stadium
11:00am – 5:00pm Girls Football Workshops and Practice
5.00pm – 6.00pm Match International Tournament

TUE    28 Sour-Stadium
11:00am – 5:00pm Girls Football Workshops and Practice
5:00pm – 6:00pm Match International Tournament

WED  29 Bhamdoun-Stadium
11:00am – 5:00pm Girls Football Workshops and Practice
5:00pm – 6:00pm Match International Tournament

THU   30 Beirut, Nejmeh-Stadium
7:15am – 8:15am Match International Tournament 
11:00am – 5:00pm Girls Football Workshops and Practice
5:00pm – 6:00pm Match International Tournament

FRI      31 Beirut Nejmeh-Stadium
10:00am - 1:30pm Matches International Tournament 

SAT     1 Beirut, Nejmeh-Stadium
1:00pm Girls Football Tournament
3:30pm – 4:30pm Match for 3rd place 
4:45pm – 6:00pm Final



About GFA
Girls Football Academy is a safe space for young female athletes in Lebanon to exercise their rights in the form of a sport. GFA is an exclusive female football academy where girls of all ages are given the priority and attention to become football players. We are committed to promoting the sport and empowering women both physically and mentally. GFA organizes friendly games, participates
in tournaments abroad and in the Lebanese League and Cup. We have many female athletes of different age/level categories and 11 of who play for the national Lebanese team. GFA is a small family who strive to give other girls in Lebanon the same opportunity to nourish.


DISCOVER FOOTBALL advocates for a world in which girls and women can do sports without being discriminated against for any reason. We use football as a tool to empower women, promote intercultural understanding and address women‘s rights. We organize international exchanges, conferences and tournaments where women and girls build skills and share knowledge that will help them gain autonomy, mobility and power. We have won several awards and our work has been recognized by the UN special advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Willi Lemke.

Contact Details

Girls Football Academy

Nadia Assaf & Walid Arakji
00 961 3 691 770
facebook: “girls football academy”

Fußball und Begegnung e.V.
+49 (0)176 81914474
facebook: „Discover Football”
Twitter: DiscovFootball

Here you find a summary of project results and some more pictures: Our Game, Our Goals Report 2015.

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