Homeless World Cup

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Homeless World Cup
HWC.jpg
The Homeless World Cup logo
Founded 2003
Region World
Number of teams 70+
Current champions  Brazil (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Scotland,  Brazil and
 Italy (2 titles each)
Website http://www.homelessworldcup.org/
2014 Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup is a football tournament organized by the Homeless World Cup organization, 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. The twelfth edition of the Homeless World Cup annual football tournament will take place in Santiago, Chile in 2014.

History[edit]

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 and Poznań. Santiago will host the 2014 edition.

The international headquarters of the Homeless World Cup is in the South Stand of Hibernian FC's Easter Road stadium in Leith, Scotland.

National partners[edit]

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.[1]

List of national partners

Annual tournament[edit]

Rules[edit]

Player eligibility[edit]

Players must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be male or female and 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

Participants[edit]

A maximum of 4 players per team on the court:

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

Tournament details[edit]

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.

Results and rankings[edit]

Results[edit]

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
2009
Details
Milan,
 Italy

Ukraine
5–4
Portugal

Brazil
3–2
Nigeria
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

Rankings[edit]

Nation +/- Tournaments 2011 2010 2009
Brazil +1 8 3 1 3
Mexico +4 6 2 3 7
Scotland +6 9 1 14 12
Ukraine -1 8 8 9 1
Chile +5 5 5 2 9
Russia -1 9 9 7 15
Ireland = 9 11 6 5
Portugal -7 8 14 4 2
Poland -5 9 10 13 8
Kenya +4 5 4 5 =

Media coverage[edit]

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 the 9th of October 2011. The documentary was directed by Jérôme Mignard and Thomas Risch.[2]

The 2006 Homeless World Cup was the subject of a documentary entitled Kicking It.[3][4] 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; 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.

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