First-ever Four Nations Challenge Cup to debut in Edinburgh

The Homeless World Cup Foundation (HWCF) is delighted to announce that the inaugural Four Nations Challenge Cup will take place in Edinburgh over the weekend of the 18th and 19th September.

Teams from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be in Scotland’s capital to compete for the Four Nations Challenge Cup and will be bringing a Men’s and a Women’s team for the two-day event.

The tournament will take place at the Mound Precinct next to the Scottish National Gallery off Princes Street.

After two postponed annual tournaments because of the pandemic, the Foundation has introduced this special two-day regional event between HWCF’s Street Football Partners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Allowing players from the home nations to compete again and mark the welcome return of Homeless Football tournaments for not just the Foundation’s UK partners but also the 70 plus partners around the globe.

Taking place over two-days, teams will compete in a round-robin tournament on the Saturday ahead of a Finals Day on the Sunday.

The day will also feature exhibition matches and the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers will play a set at 4pm on the Sunday. The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers is made up of Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste & Doug Johnstone.

Credit: Bernie Sweeney

Mel Young, President and Founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation, said:

“The Homeless World Cup Foundation is delighted to introduce this unique tournament for our Street Football Partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Four Nations Challenge Cup will use the same pitch layout and rules as our annual tournament and will allow players, who have been starved of competitive football the chance to be doing what they love and be out on the pitch again and representing their country.

“Since 2003 we have proved that using the power of football can change lives and though our partnerships across the world we want to include and support as many people as possible. With the past two annual tournaments being postponed due to the pandemic, we wanted to take the opportunity to create something for the players involved and we couldn’t think of a better location in Scotland’s capital city for this showcase event to take place. We hope that passers-by will drop by and watch some quality football, some fun exhibitions matches and enjoy the other entertainment we’ve got planned across the weekend.”