Scoring a goal for social integration – the Homeless World Cup has got underway in the Danish capital Copenhagen. During the next five days, 500 hundred players from 48 different countries will meet on a makeshift football field set up outside the town hall. Matches only last 14 minutes, with a one-minute break for half-time.
The event aims to be as inclusive as possible while keeping the true spirit of competitive sport alive – the winning team walks away with a trophy, but everyone gets a medal.
Now in its fifth year, the Cup is the brainchild of Austrian street paper editor Harald Schmied and Mel Young, who co-founded the Big Issue Scotland which is sold by the homeless.
Sponsored by Nike and UEFA, its is supported by a number of world-renowned teams including Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Next year’s Homeless World Cup is scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia.