The 2017 Homeless World Cup took place in the heart of Oslo, from August 29 – September 5. For the duration of the eight-day event, Oslo’s iconic Rådhusplassen 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. More than 500 players arrived in Norway each with their own story to tell, 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 nine trophies: six for the men’s competition and three for the women’s. The Homeless World Cup and Women’s Homeless World Cup trophies are the top prizes, respectively.
WOMEN’S HOMELESS WORLD CUP (LEVEL 1)
This year’s Women’s Homeless World Cup went to Mexico, who have now taken the lead in both the men’s and women’s competition as the only team to have ever won the Homeless World Cup five times. Mexico took the glory after an emotional final against Chile which ended 4-2. Returning fr the first time since 2011, Kenya reached the third position followed by last year’s finalists Kyrgyz Republic.
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WOMEN’S FRETEX PLATE (LEVEL 2)
The 2017 Fretex Plate went to an impressive Scottish team that gave all they had, every minute they played. In a closely fought final, they beat a brave and determined Netherlands team 5-4 to claim victory. Newcomer’s Ireland came third followed by Team Greece in the fourth position.
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WOMEN’S COBANA BOWL (LEVEL 3)
2017 was a ground-breaking year for the Women’s tournament, with the most women’s teams competing in the competition since its founding. This meant that for the first time, a third tier was created, with the winners being awarded the Cobana Bowl. The final saw Wales beat the USA 6-2 to claim victory and be crowned the first ever Cobana Bowl Champions.
MEN’S HOMELESS WORLD CUP (LEVEL 1)
The Homeless World Cup is the top prize in the men’s competition. The iconic trophy has travelled the world with each winner and is then taken to the next host city before the competition begins. In a repeat of the previous year’s final, Brazil took on Mexico looking to settle the score, having been defeated by them in 2016. In what was one of the games of the tournament, Brazil edged to victory in a 4-3 thriller.
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MEN’S SALVATION ARMY PLATE (LEVEL 2)
The tournament’s second tier trophy went to Austria, who, after scoring an impressive 72 goals throughout the week, proved triumphant in a hugely entertaining final against a strong Bulgarian side.
MEN’S CITY OF OSLO BOWL (LEVEL 3)
After a strong start to the tournament, winning three out of their opening five games, Denmark progressed to the third tier Bowl competition, beating a tough Indian side 4-2 in the final.
This year’s hosts Norway earned the 5th place in the Men’s Bowl after their match against Peru was decided in a sudden-death penalty shootout.
MEN’S NEW BALANCE SHIELD (LEVEL 4)
The Men’s New Balance Shield went to a brave and determined Scottish side, to whom victory meant so much. After overcoming a talented French side in the semi-finals, the Scots beat a quality Grenada side 5-1 in the final to emerge victorious.
MEN’S KNIF GLOBE (LEVEL 5)
In a repeat of a thrilling opening day fixture between the two sides, Germany and Cambodia faced off in the final of the KNIF Globe. On the first day of play, Cambodia, being light on their feet and showing tremendous balance on the slippery rain-soaked surface, had caused a huge upset by beating the tall, powerful German team 5-3. However, Germany were not willing to let lightning strike twice and reversed the result when these two met again in the final, beating the fan-favourite Cambodians 5-3.
MEN’S VIASPORT QUAICH (LEVEL 6)
The Viasport Quaich was awarded to a Swedish side, who like all participating nations, did their country immensely proud throughout the competition. They met a crowd favourite South Korea in the final, beating them by one goal, in a 5-4 good-natured classic.