Under the name of Discover Football this tournament was being organised in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Close to a 100 teams from around the world applied to take part and a high profile jury which included German FA president Dr. Theo Zwanziger and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Organising Committee chief Steffi Jones decided on the participants. Teams from Israel/Jordan/Palestine, Brazil, Rwanda, Togo, Cameroon, Afghanistan and India where chosen besides a team from Berlin.
The tournament was played from June 27 to July 3 with the aim not about winning, but rather being interaction and a chance to learn from each other. The tournament was in a small field 7 A-Side format played in two halves of 30 minutes each.
Slum Soccer from Nagpur where the Indian representatives at the Discover Football tournament in Berlin. They had come with a team of women and girls from Maoist affected areas and for them coming to Germany was like a dream come true. I had the chance to speak to Abhijit Barse about the experience and Slum Soccer as a project back home in India.
Here the video of my interview with Abhijeet Barse (Slum Soccer, Nagpur)