Street Soccer Scotland are delighted to be part of the Four Nations Challenge Cup, which will take place in Edinburgh over the weekend of the 18th and 19th September.
As official Team Scotland partner, Street Soccer Scotland will play teams from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, bringing a Men’s and a Women’s competition to the capital for the two-day event.
The venue will be an exciting city centre location which will be announced later in the month. With fixtures played across both days, we are looking forward to welcoming our friends from across the UK.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation (HWCF) has introduced this special two-day regional event between HWCF’s Street Football Partners from around the UK, including Street Soccer London. Due to the pandemic, this is the first chance for our players to compete in over two years. We are delighted to be beginning the start of a new journey for players.
The schedule will consist of a round-robin tournament, culminating with a final on the Sunday. Street Soccer Scotland will ensure there are a number of exciting activities and activations to interest people of all ages across the event.
David Duke, CEO and Founder of Street Soccer Scotland, said:
“Every year the Homeless World Cup offers players from around the world a life-changing experience, creating new goals and making new friends along the way. Sadly, due to the pandemic, the Homeless World Cup hasn’t taken place since 2019 and we are delighted to be part of this smaller event and will hopefully kick off preparations for the next tournament in 2022.”
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.”
This year, Team Scotland are proudly supported by Burness Paul Foundation and the Malcolm Group.