Yet the teams on the lush grass of Berlin's Kreuzberg stadium also point a way forward for women in the Middle East generally. Rather than wait for male authorities to set up women's soccer infrastructure, women have done it for themselves.
Lebanon's GFA was set up by female players, the first private soccer school for women in the Middle East. Palestine's Diyar, is part of Bethlelem's Dar Al Kalina Academy which specializes in women's sport. Jordan's Orthodox team contains both Muslims and Christians, as do the teams from Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. All the players say their teams are living proof that sectarianism is far from entrenched.
"The soccer pitch has been a battlefield for gender rights in the Middle East," says James Dorsey, a Singapore academic, Huffington Post columnist and author of a blog on Mid-East soccer: "Popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have had little impact on women's football. More important has been the drive by women themselves."
Discover Football's Friederike Faust, who is researching a Ph.D. on women's soccer, thinks the teams in Berlin are proof that female emancipation can be achieved through women taking direct action. "In Palestine, they built up a lot of women´s football infrastructure themselves. GFA from Lebanon is an outstanding example of self-organization," she said. "To make that possible makes you feel so powerful."