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Goethe World Cup Football Camps© Unsplash / Donnycocacola

An accompanying project to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™
Goethe-Cup Soccer Camps

Have your students ever dreamed of being coached by a German football coaching team, learning the words like Abseits, Pfosten or Tooooooooooooor and dealing with the topics of empowerment of women, equality, diversity and tolerance? 

As part of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, the Goethe-Institut is bringing this opportunity to secondary schools in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia! Students have the unique opportunity to practice both their language skills and their Doppelpass as well as to compete with schools in other countries.

For two days in August 2023, a selected school from Australia will experience Germany's world-class football training without having to leave its school grounds itself. The training sessions in the morning and theoretical workshops in the afternoon are carried out by a cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and the organisation "Auf Ballhöhe" which holds many years of experience in promoting education through sport in the broader sense as well as the exchange and mutual understanding between young people from different parts of the world contributing to international understanding and the promotion of tolerance.
Auf Ballhöhe

If you would like to bring the Goethe World Cup football camp to your school, we look forward to receiving your school's application video until 31 March 2023.

Participation requirements

Do you

  • offer a German program at your school?
  • like to combine football and German?
  • promote equality, democracy, human rights and tolerance at your school or would like to focus more on it in the future?
  • have space to play football?
  • like the idea of in bringing a two-day football camp to your school on August 7 and 8 2023?
  • like the idea of your school representing Australia in the Goethe World Cup with a minimum of 12 or maximum of 24 German students from your school and competing with schools from the Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand?
Wonderful, then you are well on your way to representing Australia in the Goethe-World Cup.


Important Dates

Application deadline: March 31, 2023

Announcement of the selected school in Australia: April 2023

Football camp at your school: August 7 and August 8, 2023   

Announcement of Goethe World Cup winner: August/September 2023

Application form

Frequently Asked Questions

During the practical units in the morning and a workshop offer in the afternoon, the participants learn football-related vocabulary and phrases in German and can apply them in an authentic and relaxed context while interacting with the German coaches and in the team. The Goethe World Cup is a small cross-school competition that includes practical and theoretical tasks and will be part of the football camps at all participating schools. The school that achieves the best results will receive a special prize as a souvenir.
A possible program could look like this, subject to change:
Time day 1
09:00 – 10:30 Praxis 1
Location: outside or inside
Focus: language specific football training
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Praxis 2
Location: outside or inside
Focus: small forms of play
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Theory 1
Location: class room
Focus: football-specific language lessons
Time day 1
09:00 – 10:30 Praxis 3
Location: outside or inside
Focus: language specific football training
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Praxis 2
Location: outside or inside
Focus: Goethe World Cup
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Theory 2
Location: class room
Focus: football-specific language lessons

Practice 1 + 3 (language-specific football training)
Forms of exercise and play to learn basic techniques and individual tactical behaviour in connection with the acquisition of football-specific vocabulary. Example: juggling + numbers, dribbling + body parts, passing + colors etc.

Practice 2 (small game forms)
Application of the learned basic techniques and individual tactical behaviors in small game forms

Practice 4 (Goethe World Cup)
Games regarding the Goethe World Cup, example: goal wall shooting, juggling test, dribbling course or similar

Theory 1 + 2 (football-specific language lessons) 
Acquisition of football-specific vocabulary and phrases by using a project-accompanying workbook
  • Exchange and group work on football-related topics such as cultural differences and similarities, music, fan culture, stadium visit
  • Presentation of group work (jersey design, favorite team, etc.)
  • Games regarding theoretical content of the Goethe World Cup (theory 2)
  • Example: Germany quiz, football memory, FIFA Playstation duel against the coaches or similar
The trainer team is looking forward to a gender balanced team, if appliacable, of students between 12 and 18 years of age of different grades or class associations. The selected team consisting of at least 12 to a maximum of 24 people should be gender-balanced.
No, everyone can participate. However, it is important that the participating students learn German and have a certain affinity for sports and movement.

Any Questions?

Claudia Kolbe

Head of Languages Australia
Goethe-Institut Australia

Anna-Lena Schenck

Head of Educational Services
Goethe-Institut Sydney