Every year, the Homeless World Cup Foundation delivers an inspirational week-long street football tournament that brings together more than 500 players representing 50+ countries around the world, all of which have faced homelessness and social marginalisation.
The tournament attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year with millions more following the action online.
The 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Oslo’s iconic Rådhusplassen, The City Hall Square, between Oslo City Hall and Oslo Fjord, from 29 August – 5 September.
Over 500 players representing more than 50 countries attended, in what was one of the biggest and most ambitious Homeless World Cup tournaments yet.
The week-long tournament saw the men’s/mixed teams compete for one of six trophies, and the women’s teams play for one of three.
The first Homeless World Cup took place in Graz in 2003. The Austrian city welcomed 144 players form 18 countries. Since then the tournament has traveled to 15 different cities across the world and has grown to accommodate 64+ teams and more than 500 players.
Over the years, the Homeless World Cup has grown to an international event, and while the format of the event and the game itself remain pretty much the same, every Homeless World Cup is unique.
A survey conducted on players during the Homeless World cup found: