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Soccer Camp 2018

Sport unites. Playing together requires collaboration to achieve success. It highlights what all players have in common: A passion for the game.
The universal language of sport can overcome linguistic barriers and cultural differences, turning the football pitch into a place where tolerance, respect, equality and fair-play can be developed – skills that are also needed off-the-pitch.

Together with Lebanese NGO Fingerprint of Change, the Goethe-Institut Libanon organizes the Soccer Camp 2018, which will kick off in August. The camp caters to children and youth from four areas in Lebanon, along with a final tournament that will be held in Beirut, and a football3 qualification workshop designed for the coaches.


Spielorte Libanon

The football trainings will take place in Beirut, Tyre, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley, and will be held separately in each area over a period of four weeks. Seventy-five children and youth from each area will be trained by experienced coaches. Boys and girls between the ages of six and 17 will play together.

Many of these kids live in harsh conditions. Some had fled the war in their homeland, Syria, while others grew up as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Those holding the Lebanese nationality have limited access to education and wealth.

  • Fußballspieler Goethe-Institut Libanon/ Alia Haju
  • Fußballspieler © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Fußballspielerinnen © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Bus © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Fußballspieler © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Turnender Junge © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Zuschauer © Goethe-Institut Libanon / Alia Haju
  • Fußballspieler © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Fußballspieler © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Spieler © Goethe-Institut Libanon / Alia Haju
  • Fußballspiel © Goethe-Institut Libanon / Alia Haju
  • Fußballspiel © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Wassertrinkender Junge © Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • Porträt Mädchen © Goethe-Institut Libanon / Alia Haju


At the end of the training, the 300 participating children and youth will meet for the final tournament in Beirut, where they can show off their skills and share their common passion for football.   


Prior to the soccer camp, coaches and assistants participated in a workshop that familiarized them with the football3 methodology.  
football3 was developed by NGO streetfootballworld. Their methodology is inspired by street football, and a match has “three halves and no referees.” The aim is to focus on “fair play, equality and teamwork” as essential parts of the game.
Hiba El Jaafil, football3-coach and former coach of the Lebanese U17-U19 women team, led the workshop.

  • Fußballplatz & Spieler Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Trainer-Workshop Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Fußballplatz & Spieler Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Fußballspieler Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Workshop-Leiterin Hiba El Jaafil Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Trainer-Mannschaft Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju
  • Fußballspielerin Goethe-Institut/ Alia Haju


Journalism workshops

In parallel to the Soccer Camp 2018 around 30 children and youth participated in a film and a radio workshop where they learned the basics of sport journalism. How do I shoot a video? How do I conduct an interview? What are the tasks of a sport moderator?

The film workshop with Charbel Kamel took place in Baalbek, Tripoli and Tyre. The result is a TV-sport pprogramme - by the way, the question what will happen with the football enthusiastic Mister Horse will be answered right at the end.

The radio workshop took place in the framework of the Ideas Box - an alternative learning space created by the Goethe-Institut Libanon. The reports of the children and youth about the trainings and the final tournament in Beirut are summarized in a radio broadcast.

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Radio broadcast

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The Impressions:
Soccer Camp 2016

Goethe-Institut Libanon’s first Soccer Camp took place in 2016.

The Film:
Beirut Parc

A film by Matthias Frickel and Henning Hesse was commissioned by Deutsche Welle and sheds light on the participants’ passion for football during the 2016 Soccer Camp.