Homeless World Cup

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The Homeless World Cup logo

The Homeless World Cup is an football competition for homeless people all over the world. Starting in 2003 in Graz, Austria, the competition brings together homeless people with the aim to end homelessness.

Rules[change | change source]

Anyone can play, male or female, as long as they are at least 16 years old. They must also have been homeless at some point after the previous year's World Cup, work as a street newspaper seller to earn money or be asylum seekers.

A team of 4 players play, with 3 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper. 4 substitution players are allowed.

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

History[change | change source]

Players at the Homeless World Cup 2007

Since 2003 the competition has taken place in:

Kicking It documentary[change | change source]

The 2006 Homeless World Cup was the filmed as part of a documentary called Kicking It.[2][3] directed by Susan Koch and Jeff Werner focusing on the experiences of seven homeless people at the Homeless World Cup football (soccer) game. Residents of Afghanistan; Kenya; Dublin, Ireland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Madrid, Spain and St. Petersburg in Russia were in the documentary which was narrated by actor Colin Farrell. The movie was released in January, 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival and is being distributed by Liberation Entertainment, Netflix and ESPN.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cardiff 2019: Football's Homeless World Cup 'can create change'". BBC. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  2. "Kicking It" documentary official website
  3. Palmer, Nancy Doyle (2008-06-01). "Spotlight: Susan Koch". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2009-02-27.


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