Home Game Festival

August 2016 – Berlin

Home Game Festival

The 5th international Women’s Football & Culture Festival “HOME GAME” in August 2016 welcomed eight women’s football teams from around the world – about 100 football players, coaches, referees and activists – were invited to participate in this event in Berlin. The program included 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 focused explicitly on the current global situation of refugee movements: Discussions and (theoretical as well as playful) approaches around 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 was played in mixed teams and the 2-day preparation workshops and training sessions being held before and during the tournament were also mixed. 

Highlights 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

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The DAY FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN took part during the Festival ( Wednesday, August 31, 2016). With this event DISCOVER FOOTBALL tried to bring together girls and women living in the region around and in Berlin who have experienced flight or migration, It was a great  exchange between female refugees from different NGOs with women’s football teams and clubs from Berlin and Brandenburg as well as with the international teams taking part in the Festival.

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The DISCOVER FOOTBALL-Festival 2016 is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Ministry of the Interior, the Cultural Foundation of the German Football Association,the US embassy in Germany, FARE and the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.