The 2012 Homeless World Cup took place on the historic Zocalo Square in Mexico City. The annual tournament saw 168,000 fans attend the event, with 56 countries taking part. The Homeless World Cup trophy went to Chile, while Mexico’s ladies won the women’s competition.
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. The competition breaks into a number of different trophies, and because of these levels of competition, the games are exciting and meaningful even on the final day of the tournament.
On the last day, each team earns 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)
This year’s Women’s Homeless World Cup went to Mexico. The hosts took the glory after a thrilling final against Brazil.
WOMEN’S PLATE (LEVEL 2)
The Women’s Plate went to England who beat the USA to claim the trophy.
MEN’S HOMELESS WORLD CUP (LEVEL 1)
The Homeless World Cup is the top prize in the men’s competition. The iconic trophy travels the world with each winner and is then brought to the next host city before the competition begins. This year, the cup was won by Chile, who beat hosts Mexico to become champions.
THE FUNDACIÓN TELMEX CUP (LEVEL 2)
The second tier of the competition was won by Peru, who took on Wales in the final.
THE MEXICO CITY CUP (LEVEL 3)
The third tier trophy in the men’s competition went to Namibia. They beat a side from Haiti to lift the Mexico City Cup.
THE DE LA CALLE A LA CANCHA CUP (LEVEL 4)
Guatemala were victorious in the fourth tier trophy, beating France to become the de la Calle a la Cancha Cup winners.
THE COMMUNITY CUP (LEVEL 5)
Romania took on the Netherlands in the final of the fifth tier trophy, beating the Dutch side to lift the Community Cup.
THE INSP TROPHY (LEVEL 6)
The International Network of Street Papers Trophy was won by Finland.