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Goddesses of Soccer (Fussballgoettinnen)

Goddesses of Soccer
Scene from "Goddesses of Soccer" (photo © unique productions)

Goddesses of Soccer submerges us into the everyday life of women and their passion for soccer. The film goes far beyond the game, giving an exceptional portrait of four women and their surroundings.

Trautchen has given her best years to her soccer club. Her emancipation went hand in hand with her work on and around the soccer field. Here she began to blossom and learned to stand her ground. The retired Berliner keeps her role as a big mouth and boss on the renowned mid-city soccer field. Life just won’t let her slow down.

Beatrix needs strong nerves, she is one of Germany’s youngest soccer referees. She’ll take up any challenge. The 16-year-old seems to have almost everything under control, if it wasn’t for her adolescence.

Devoted fan Bettina draws all her energy from a packed stadium. She couldn’t imagine life without her soccer club. Her run-of-the-mill life as an insurance agent is compensated through thriving emotions as a soccer fan.

Viola has been playing soccer since she was a child. Today she is a soccer world champion. But being a top-notch player means being under constant pressure and being completely dedicated. She also studies Sports at the university and hopes that her female successors have it easier one day in the male dominated world of soccer.


Nina Erfle was born in 1971 in Munich and studied Cultural Studies, Art History and Film in Berlin. Since graduating in 1999, she has been working nationally and internationally as a researcher and production manager for various cultural documentaries (ZDF, ARTE, Deutsche Welle TV, NHK and Fuji TV). Goddesses of Soccer (Fussballgoettinnen, as a writer/director since finishing the one-year Producer Program at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin.

Frédérique Veith was born in 1972 in Munich and studied German & French Studies in Metz, Strasbourg and Saarbruecken. Since 1999 she has been lecturing for radio workshops of a German-French youth project in Paris. She also works as an editor for France 3 and the Saarland broadcasting station. She has created over 400 short to mid-length television features for various television broadcasters. Goddesses of Soccer (Fussballgoettinnen, 2006)is her first full-length documentary since finishing the one-year Producer Program at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin.
Genre Society, Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Directors Nina Erfle, Frédérique Veith
Cinematography Klaus Hennrich, Mark Liedtke, Guillermo Atocha Arias, Kai Ehlers, Henning Bruemmer, Fariba Nilchian
Anja Neraal, Neliah Ibeh
Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Producer Jenni Kriegel
Production Company unique productions/Berlin
Length 92 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Libertas Dubrovnik 2006, Worldfest Houston 2007
Awards Bronze Remi Houston 2007
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Saarland Medien, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Schleswig-Holstein, Filmstiftung NRW
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien/Berlin

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