Quest for change
I want women and girls today to know about our struggles in the past because it can only support their quest for change.
– Petra Landers (former German football player)
Football as a cultural force
When faced with insurmountable challenges, individuals past and present can use football as a cultural force to foster positive change in society. We honour these individuals and tell their ‘untold’ stories in short videos.
Football might be one of the most televised activities in our society. Millions of hours of footage are recorded, watched and rewatched. In addition to the game itself, and the obvious stories of sport, let’s look in more detail into the people behind the game.
Our original videos are developed as part of a European project and combine individual portraits with archival narrations. As our platform will continue to develop, we wish to engage with more stories, past and present.
BBC Sport’s Football Focus visits Bundesliga side FC Union Berlin, a “rebellious” football club from East Berlin with a special set of fans, playing their first season in Germany’s top flight 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Calcio Storico is football like you’ve never seen before! Dating back to the 15th century, this early form of the game is brutal. But behind the blood and punches lie a story of tradition, pride and honour. A sport as unique and loved in Florence as ACF Fiorentina.
The film supports the incredible athletes from the Sierra Leonean football team Flying Star Amputees, comprised of players who are all victims of civil war amputations.
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Let’s talk football history
Although there have only been ten female referees in the top leagues of men’s football in Europe over the last 30 years, seven of them are currently active.
Browse our collection of stories about football history and inclusion. With the history of football being made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, we offer stories that can inspire our cultural conversations today.
What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?
On this day in 1981 a game that never happened took place. Or: How can counterfactual history help us shift perspectives?
Explore our innovative educational resources that use football’s history, heritage and legacy to engage young people. The resources include ready-made lesson plans and historical source collections for school history education as well as toolkit with activities for non-formal settings.
Where are the women’s football quartet cards?