The 2015 Homeless World Cup took place in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Netherlands, from September 12 – September 19th. For the duration of the eight-day event, the city’s iconic Museumplein held three purpose-built pitches welcoming thousands of people.
Teams came together from across the globe to celebrate and highlight the year round life changing work of the Homeless World Cup National Partner network. Players from 63 teams arrived in Amsterdam, each with their own story to tell, each at their own point on a journey to create a better life for themselves.
The Final Standings
A unique feature of the Homeless World Cup tournament is that regardless of ability, all teams compete for the same number of days, as the competition breaks into a number of different trophies. Thanks to this breakdown in competitions, the games are exciting and meaningful even on the final day of the tournament. On the last day, every team knows their final position – and those standings then influence the rankings that will seed next year’s tournament.
There are a total of eight trophies: six for the men’s competition and two for the women’s. The Homeless World Cup and Women’s Homeless World Cup trophies are the top prizes.
WOMEN’S HOMELESS WORLD CUP (LEVEL 1)
The Women’s Homeless World Cup trophy is the top prize in the women’s competition. The women’s champions for 2015 are Mexico. The team demonstrated some seriously impressive football skills on the pitch throughout the week and during their final game against reigning champions Chile.
WOMEN’S PLATE (LEVEL 2)
The second level of competition was won by Wales, who defeated Sweden by a score of 2-1 on the final day.
MEN’S HOMELESS WORLD CUP (LEVEL 1)
This is the iconic and original trophy of the Homeless World Cup. It is a symbol of the tournament and has travelled the world for the last 13 years. Mexico were the proud winners this year and will look after the trophy until the 2016 Homeless world Cup. The men’s final of the Homeless World Cup saw Mexico defeat Ukraine.
MEN’S SALVATION ARMY CUP (LEVEL 2)
The local Salvation Army in Amsterdam was a key partner of Stichting Life Goals, the local organizers of the 2015 tournament. Bulgaria fought hard to win the Cup by beating Ireland on finals’ day by a score of 6-4.
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MEN’S AMSTERDAM CUP (LEVEL 3)
The City of Amsterdam was an important partner of the 2015 tournament and welcomed the event on its iconic Museumplein in the centre of the city. They lent their name to the third-tier men’s trophy, which was won by Indonesia. The spirited Asian nation defeated Norway in the final game by a close score of 6-5.
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MEN’S LIFE GOALS CUP (LEVEL 4)
Stichting Life Goals is the Homeless World Cup’s National Partner in the Netherlands and hosted the Homeless World Cup this year. Austria were the proud winners of this trophy after a strong performance against France in their final game.
MEN’S SPORTSGEN CUP (LEVEL 5)
India played Grenada to win the SportsGen Cup; the fifth-tier cup is named after the event co-organisers of the spectacular Amsterdam tournament.
MEN’S INSP NETWORKING TROPHY (LEVEL 6)
The sixth level of men’s trophy is named after the International Network of Street Papers. It was at an INSP conference in 2001 that Homeless World Cup co-founders Mel Young and Harald Schmied first came up with the idea for the tournament. Greece took the trophy home this year after beating Switzerland 6-2 in their final game.