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The Guide to Sports Teams in Düsseldorf

By on July 20th, 2016

Joining a sports team in Düsseldorf has been one of the hardest leaps to make as an English speaker in the city. Despite the fact that sports don’t always require much talking, I always felt like I’d be a burden to the team when I couldn’t yell “PASS THE BALL” in German. I’m motivated now to take that leap of faith and learn a little German while I am playing a sport that I love.

Let this post serve as a motivator to get you up exploring the city while meeting new faces, learning a little more German and getting active.

 

Football

We certainly don’t have a lack of Americans amidst the city, which means I don’t doubt that our city is crawling with football skills. If you’ve played competitive football before why not take your chances playing in the GFL (German Football League) with the Düsseldorf Panthers.

If you’re football fan, try your skills out in cheerleading. The Panthers have a great cheer team as well!

If you’re looking for something a little more local, try out for the AFC Dusseldorf Bulldozer’s team, they have a men’s team, boys team and a flag football team. Actually, the Bulldozer boys team is modeled after American high school football, so if you miss American structures and the high school mentality, give the Bulldozer U16 a try!

flag-web1Photo Credit: Dusseldorf Bulldozer

 

Fußball/Soccer

There’s the Fortuna Duesseldorf team, but if you haven’t figured it out by now, there is healthy competition in Germany when it comes to fußball. If you think you have what it takes, go for it!

If you’d like to try your luck in the lower leagues first, take a look at some of these teams:

  • TuRU 1880
  • DJK-SV Sparta Bilk 1978
  • SC Düsseldorf-West 19/50
  • selten TSV Eller 04
  • Düsseldorfer SC 99

Trust me the list doesn’t end there, so head on over to the Europlan website for a complete listing.

Looking for a ladies team? Here’s a few you can check out as well:

  • SC Schwarz-Weiss 06 e.V.
  • DJK TuSA 06 Duesseldorf e.V.
  • FFC Duesseldorf 03 e.V.
  • DJK Sportfreunde Gerresheim 1923 e.V.
  • SG Duesseldorf-Unterrath 1912/24 e.V.

Spend a little time on Google and Facebook to find the right team for you. There’s tons of fußball teams in the area.

10377449_739639546095581_7349532973271120207_nPhoto Credit: DJK TuSA 06 Duesseldorf

 

Rugby

There’s no reason to fear the German language here as many of the guys are native English speakers at the Dusseldorf Dragons Rugby Club. They’re a large bunch and always recruiting new members to the team. You’ll also find them over on Facebook.

Ladies, they also have a Dragonettes women’s rugby team open for beginners and intermediates, check them out on Facebook.

13344795_1105716329451403_6787865294784620116_nPhoto Credit: Dusseldorf Dragons Rugby Club

 

Baseball

The Dusseldorf Senators play across North Rhine Westphalia and have both softball and baseball teams. Leagues are open for men, women and children.

The Düsseldorf Bandits offer mixed softball teams and various baseball teams. While their website isn’t very up-to-date, it’s worth giving them a call!

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 11.26.00 AMPhoto Credit: Dusseldorf Senators

 

Curling

There is a curling team in Dusseldorf called the Curling-Club Dusseldorf, go figure. They offer various different levels of play for all ages and offer a few courses as well. They also have some photos on their website where you can check out their Duesselcup!

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 11.44.35 AMPhoto Credit: CCD61 Curling-Club Duesseldorf

 

Handball

While I’ve never really played European handball outside of gym class, there’s certainly a few opportunities in Duesseldorf to take your play to the pitch.

My knowledge and skills in handball are lacking, so please feel free to add to this list!

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 11.49.47 AMPhoto Credit: Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895: Handball

 

Badminton

There are plenty of gyms around the area to play Badminton. If you’re interested in joining a club, you can head on over to the Badminton Club Dusseldorf to join a team.

badminton-bat-activity-leisure-play-bless-you

 

Rowing

The Düsseldorfer Ruderclub is the local rowing club in the city. There are plenty of teams and various courses you can be a part of including a weekend course for those of you busy on the weekdays.

If you’re an avid rower then you’re in the right place. The Dusseldorfer Ruderclub is one of the top performing clubs in Germany with more than 450 members.

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 11.02.21 AMPhoto Credit: Ruderclub Germania

 

Looking for something a little more relaxed? There’s tons of groups online looking to bring together recreational players for a little practice and competition. Here’s a few of them to get you inspired:

NOTE: We would love to expand this list to offer as much opportunity as possible for English speakers to get involved in the community. If there’s a club or team missing, please comment below with a link and a little bit of background information.


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5 Comments
  1. Reply

    Harald

    July 20, 2016

    THX for adding the Bandits Softball team.
    BTW, we talk English in practice as we had many expats in our team, maybe that eases life:
    Always looking for new players to join, just try it out.

    • Reply

      Katie

      October 16, 2017

      Hello Harald,

      My name is Katie and I would appreciate your help. My son is 12 years old and he would like to join a baseball or a softball team here in Dusseldorf. His first language is English and we have not been able to find anything he could do that involved speaking English. If you have any information or if he is able to join your baseball/softball team please let me know.
      email:krazikate23@gmail.com

      Sincerely,
      Katie

      • Reply

        Jenna Davis

        October 16, 2017

        Hey there Katie!

        It can definitely be frustrating finding English speaking leagues… I’m not quite sure, to be honest, if there is such a thing in Düsseldorf. However, I would suggest to reach out to other parents (in a group like Dusseldorf Toddler Play Group), some of them might have some more concrete answers for you! I wish you all the best and will let you know ASAP if I hear about an English league for children/teens.

        Best, Jenna

  2. Reply

    Mark Falkingham

    July 31, 2017

    Not exactly a team sport but are there running clubs in Düsseldorf?

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