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TEAM SCOTLAND
Proudly, Street Soccer Scotland are the National Partner to the Homeless World Cup.

HOMELESS WORLD CUP

Team Scotland have won the Homeless World Cup on two occasions, in 2007 and 2011, and we are proud to represent the nation as the official team partner.

The Homeless World Cup is a global annual event, with both men’s and women’s competitions taking place in an elected host nation. Previous tournaments have taken place in iconic locations such as Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, under the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as other major cities like Melbourne, Amsterdam and Mexico City.

The format for the tournament is four-a-side games lasting 14 minutes each. There is a group stage and knockouts with massive crowds packed around small-sided artificial pitches.

WHAT'S HAPPENING FOR 2024?

The Homeless World Cup is back and taking place for the first time in Asia.

The Homeless World Cup is a global annual event, with both men’s and women’s competitions taking place in an elected host nation. Previous tournaments have taken place in iconic locations such as Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, under the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as other major cities like Melbourne, Amsterdam and Mexico City.

The format for the tournament is four-a-side games lasting 14 minutes each. There is a group stage and knockouts with massive crowds packed around small-sided artificial pitches.

Street Soccer Scotland are delighted to see the return of the Homeless World Cup for 2024.

Scotland are one of 64 teams from 49 Homeless World Cup Member Countries that have been invited to the South Korean capital to take part in the tournament, which is taking place at Hanyang University from 21st – 28th September.

The 19th edition of the tournament will be the first time the Homeless World Cup has been held in Asia since the tournament was introduced in 2003.

Players will be chosen from across Street Soccer programmes, with eight players proudly selected to travel to the tournament.

If you are interested in representing Scotland at the Tournament later this year, please see our FAQ’s below. 

SUPPORT TEAM SCOTLAND

As Scotland’s other National Team, we couldn’t attend the Homeless World Cup without the incredible support of our supporters and sponsors. 

We are extremely grateful for the support from The Burness Paull Foundation and The Malcolm Group on the back. The generosity of our partners is of extreme value to Street Soccer and we look forward to having them on this continued journey with us.

If you or your organisation is interested in sponosring Team Scotland please get in touch below. 

 

FAQs

Here's all the answers you might want to know about this year's tournament in Seoul...

Participants must be at least 16 years old, have not taken part in a previous Homeless World Cup tournament, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Have been homeless at some point in the last year, in accordance with  The Government’s statuatory definition of homelessness.

  2. Make their main living income as street paper vendor.

  3. Asylum seekers currently without positive asylum status or who were previously asylum seekers but obtained residency status.

  4. Currently in addiction rehabilitation and also have been homeless at some point in the past two years.

If you are a player intersted in representing Team Scotland and meet the elibibility critera above please contact your Local Regional Manager using the details below:

The Homeless World Cup is an inclusive tournament; anyone who identifies as a woman or as a man can play in their chosen competition as long as their country member is fielding a team.

The Homeless World Cup tournament structure is based on Rugby Sevens, with three stages of competition and several different trophies to win on finals day.

First Stage
After the draw, each team plays all of the other teams in their group once. Their relative position in the preliminary group determines the group they will play in during the Second Stage.

Second Stage
Each team plays each other team in its Group once in a round robin format. Once all the Group games have been completed, the teams’ final position determines the last Stage of the competition. Teams than finish first or second within their group advance to play for the Homeless World Cup (men’s/mixed) or Women’s Homeless World Cup (women’s). Those who finish in third and fourth place in their group compete for the next highest trophy, and so on.

Trophy Stage
Eight teams compete for each trophy, with each competition now following the standard form of quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. This includes placing games for all teams. All teams play three games in the Trophy Stage.

The structure of the tournament ensures that each team plays matches until the final day of competition. The standard of football varies considerably across teams, and as the tournament progresses, teams become more evenly matched in terms of skill which provides a rewarding experience for players and audience alike.

The rules for the Homeless World Cup can be found here.

64 teams from 49 Homeless World Cup Member Countries have been invited to the South Korean capital to take part in the tournament

Due to the nature surrounding the visa requirements for entry, Street Soccer Scotland are limited in its selection for a women’s team. 

Team Scotland will be represented at a small sided Women’s Tournament in Dublin this Summer. If you are interested in being selected for this team please contact our Women’s Programme Co-Ordinator Sarah Rhind. 

We’d love to work with you! Please email our Head of Programmes, Andy Hook at [email protected]

There are lots of ways to support Team Scotland and we’d love to hear from you!

 

Please email [email protected] to chat

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