The DFB campus is clearly fulfilling its mission to bring sport, science and administration together under one roof and serve as a place where people meet and share ideas.
Before they had even been officially inaugurated, the national women’s team was the first to make use of the facilities (pictured), when head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg called up an extended squad to begin preparations for the Women’s EURO at its new Frankfurt base.
The German team’s performance in England proved that this was not a bad way to get the ball rolling. In a captivating tournament, they went all the way to the final before losing to the hosts. Meanwhile, the men’s Under-17 squad became the first national youth team to visit the campus, where they held a short training camp and scouting tournament.
Coach education activities
The campus is also the new home of the DFB’s coach education activities. Sixteen up-and-coming coaches completed the next stage of their Pro diploma course in Frankfurt in August.
On a site of roughly 15 hectares, a building complex 307m long and 18.5m tall at its highest point houses the DFB’s administrative offices and youth academy. The campus also boasts a large indoor football hall, a 33-bedroom hotel for players, a multipurpose futsal hall, three and a half grass pitches and additional training areas. The medical centre, meanwhile, provides first-class treatment and rehabilitation facilities for the players.