Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup is an annual football tournament organized by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, a social organization which advocates the end of homelessness through the sport of association football (or soccer). The organization puts together an annual football tournament where teams of homeless people from each country compete. In 2019 it was hosted by Wales in Bute Park Cardiff and Michael Sheen opened the games.

Homeless World Cup
Homeless World Cup logo.jpg
The Homeless World Cup logo
Founded2001
RegionWorld
Number of teams70+
Current champions
Mexico (4th title)
Most successful team(s) Mexico (4 titles)
Websitehttp://www.homelessworldcup.org/

HistoryEdit

 
Players huddle during the Homeless World Cup 2007 in Copenhagen

The Homeless World Cup organization was co-founded by Mel Young and Harald Schmied in 2001 to advocate for a global solution to homelessness. The first annual football tournament for homeless people took place in 2003 in Graz, Austria. Host cities since then have included Gothenburg, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Cape Town, Melbourne, Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Mexico City, Poznań, Santiago, Amsterdam and Glasgow.

The international headquarters of the Homeless World Cup is in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The fifteenth edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Oslo, Norway in 2017.[1] The 2016 champions are Mexico, who won in Glasgow.[2]

National partnersEdit

The Homeless World Cup organization operates through a network of more than 70 national partners around the world, supporting football programs and social enterprise development.[3]

List of national partners

FormatEdit

FieldsEdit

Since 2015 the tournament has been played on synthetic turf fields from Act Global[4].

RulesEdit

Player eligibilityEdit

Players must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years old at the time of the tournament
  • Have not taken part in previous Homeless World Cup tournaments

Also, must be any of the following:

  • Have been homeless at some point after the previous year's tournament in accordance with the national definition of homelessness
  • Make their main living income as a streetpaper vendor
  • Be asylum seekers currently without positive asylum status or who were previously asylum seekers but obtained residency status a year before the event
  • Currently be in drug or alcohol rehabilitation and also have been homeless at some point in the past two years

ParticipantsEdit

A maximum of 4 players per team on the court:

  • 3 outfield players,
  • 1 goalkeeper,
  • Plus 4 substitution players (rolling substitution allowed)

Tournament detailsEdit

The winning team gets 3 points. The losing team gets zero points. If a match ends in a draw, it is decided by sudden-death penalty shootout and the winning team gets two points and the losing team gets one point. Games are 14 minutes long, in two seven-minute halves. The field measures 22m long x 16m wide.

ResultsEdit

Year Host Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2003
Details
Graz,
  Austria
 
Austria
2–1  
England
 
Netherlands
11–5  
Brazil
2004
Details
Gothenburg,
  Sweden
 
Italy
4–0  
Austria
 
Poland
7–4  
Scotland
2005
Details
Edinburgh,
  Scotland
 
Italy
9–3  
Poland
 
Ukraine
11–5  
Scotland
2006
Details
Cape Town,
  South Africa
 
Russia
1–0  
Kazakhstan
 
Poland
3–1  
Mexico
26
2007
Details
Copenhagen,
  Denmark
 
Scotland
9–3  
Poland
 
Liberia
11–5  
Denmark
2008
Details
Melbourne,
  Australia
 
Afghanistan
5–4  
Russia
 
Ghana
6–4  
Scotland
56 [5]
2009
Details
Milan,
  Italy
 
Ukraine
5–4  
Portugal
 
Brazil
3–2  
Nigeria
48 [6]
2010
Details
Rio de Janeiro,
  Brazil
 
Brazil
6–0  
Chile
 
Mexico
4–4
(1–0p)
 
Portugal
2011
Details
Paris,
  France
 
Scotland
4–3  
Mexico
 
Brazil
7–1  
Kenya
2012
Details
Mexico City,
  Mexico
 
Chile
8–5  
Mexico
 
Brazil
6–2  
Indonesia
48
2013
Details
Poznań,
  Poland
 
Brazil
3–3
(1–0p)
 
Mexico
 
Russia
6–6
(1–0p)
 
Chile
2014
Details
Santiago,
  Chile
 
Chile
5–2  
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Poland
6–6
(1–0p)
 
Brazil
42 [7]
2015
Details
Amsterdam,
  Netherlands
 
Mexico
5–2  
Ukraine
 
Portugal
2–2
(1–0p)
 
Brazil
48 [8]
2016
Details
Glasgow,
  Scotland
 
Mexico
6–1  
Brazil
 
Russia
3–1  
Chile
46 [9]
2017
Details
Oslo,
  Norway
 
Brazil
4–3  
Mexico
 
Russia
5–3  
Chile
49 [10]
2018
Details
Mexico City,
  Mexico
 
Mexico
6–3  
Chile
 
Hungary
6–5  
Portugal
40
2019
Details
Cardiff,
  Wales
 
Mexico
5–1  
Chile
 
Russia
7–7
(1–0p)
 
Portugal
50[11]

Performance by countryEdit

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Top 4
finishes
Top 3
finishes
Top 2
finishes
  Mexico 4 (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) 4 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2017) 1 (2010) 1 (2006) 9 8 7
  Brazil 3 (2010, 2013, 2017) 1 (2016) 3 (2009, 2011, 2012) 3 (2003, 2014, 2015) 10 7 4
  Chile 2 (2012, 2014) 3 (2010, 2018, 2019) 0 3 (2013, 2016, 2017) 7 4 4
  Scotland 2 (2007, 2011) 0 0 3 (2004, 2005, 2008) 5 2 2
  Italy 2 (2004, 2005) 0 0 0 2 2 2
  Russia 1 (2006) 1 (2008) 4 (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) 0 5 5 2
  Austria 1 (2003) 1 (2004) 0 0 2 2 2
  Ukraine 1 (2009) 1 (2015) 1 (2005) 0 3 3 2
  Afghanistan 1 (2008) 0 0 0 1 1 1
  Poland 0 2 (2005, 2007) 3 (2004, 2006, 2014) 0 5 5 2
  Portugal 0 1 (2009) 1 (2015) 3 (2010, 2018, 2019) 4 2 1
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 (2014) 0 0 1 1 1
  England 0 1 (2003) 0 0 1 1 1
  Kazakhstan 0 1 (2006) 0 0 1 1 1
  Ghana 0 0 1 (2008) 0 1 1 0
  Hungary 0 0 1 (2018) 0 1 1 0
  Liberia 0 0 1 (2007) 0 1 1 0
  Netherlands 0 0 1 (2003) 0 1 1 0
  Denmark 0 0 0 1 (2007) 1 0 0
  Indonesia 0 0 0 1 (2012) 1 0 0
  Kenya 0 0 0 1 (2011) 1 0 0
  Nigeria 0 0 0 1 (2009) 1 0 0

Media coverageEdit

Several TV documentaries have been made tracking the participation of teams from homelessness to participating at the annual event.

In 2011, a 90-minute documentary called Hors-Jeu: Carton rouge contre l’exclusion was broadcast by Canal+ and focused on the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup and Homeless World Cup itself and five national partners: Japan, Argentina, Palestine, France and Kenya. It was aired in France on 9 October 2011. The documentary was directed by Jérôme Mignard and Thomas Risch.[12]

The 2006 Homeless World Cup was the subject of a documentary entitled Kicking It.[13][14] directed by Susan Koch and Jeff Werner focusing on the experiences of seven homeless people at the Homeless World Cup football (soccer) game in South Africa. Featured in the documentary, narrated by actor Colin Farrell were residents of Afghanistan; Kenya; Dublin, Ireland; Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.; Madrid, Spain and St. Petersburg in Russia. The film premiered in January, 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, distributed by Liberation Entertainment, Netflix and ESPN.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "OSLO 2017" (Website). homelessworldcup.org. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Mexico win both men's and women's Homeless World Cup". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.homelessworldcup.org/groups
  4. ^ "Homeless World Cup: More Than a Pitch, a Place to Belong | Act Global". www.actglobal.com. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  5. ^ "Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup". homelessworldcup.org. 21 October 2008. Archived from the original (Website) on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  6. ^ "The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup". homelessworldcup.org. 21 October 2009. Archived from the original (Website) on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Bosnian player Alen Hodžić's war-torn road to Chile". homelessworldcup.org. 21 October 2014. Archived from the original (Website) on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Amsterdam 2015" (Website). homelessworldcup.org. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Glasgow 2016" (Website). homelessworldcup.org. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Oslo 2015" (Website). homelessworldcup.org. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  11. ^ "THE FINALS, Men's Competition 2019". homelessworldcup.org. Homeless WorldCup Foundation. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  12. ^ http://vimeo.com/30225550
  13. ^ "Kicking It" documentary official website Archived 2009-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Palmer, Nancy Doyle (2008-06-01). "Spotlight: Susan Koch". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2009-02-27.

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