Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Friday, March 20, 2020
We are extremely sad to announce that the Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup is cancelled. Unfortunately, the risks associated with the widespread virus COVID-19, and the uncertainty in travel restrictions as well as disruption to the activities of our Street Football Partners in the run-up to the event, have led us to a decision that will undoubtedly be disappointing to many, although we are confident is appropriate under these unprecedented circumstances.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation will continue as normal with everyone focussed on our vision of a world without homelessness.
Mel Young, co-founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation said: “We tried our very best to hold this year’s Homeless World Cup but sadly it became impossible due to the practicalities surrounding the global pandemic. Our commitment to using football as a way of tackling homelessness remains one hundred percent and we will continue to work flat out in conjunction with all of our global partners to end homelessness.”
Perttu Pesä, President of the Local Organising Committee in Tampere said: “We have to be strong and fight against COVID-19 together. Health is our number one priority and we must carry out our responsibilities. I’m worried about the homeless people all over the world, who don’t have access to health services. Now, more than ever, is the time to be compassionate and loud, we have to keep people safe, no matter what your social class is.”
The Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup was due to take place between June 28 – July 5, and more than 500 players from around the world were invited to participate in the week-long festival of football. Plans for the 2021 Homeless World Cup are ongoing, with details to be released at a future date.