Where Is Football? In Poznan for the Homeless World Cup
The Homeless World Cup, an annual competition which draws involvement from up to 70 countries, began on Sunday morning in Poznan, Poland. Every year the Homeless World Cup Foundation hosts this event for teams made up of homeless, ex-homeless and marginalized people who may not have had access to competitive football otherwise.
It’s a life-changing experience for everyone involved, and many participants have gone on to change their circumstances dramatically for the better.
This year, the Polish city welcomed players and staff from 46 nations, as well as a selection of international volunteers from places as diverse as Mexico and Scotland. After a parade around the site - the beautiful Lake Malta - the draw for the groups was made.
Following the first round of matches, the teams and volunteers were invited to the city’s stadium, the Stadion Miejski, where the official opening ceremony was held before a Polish Ekstraklasa match between local team Lech Poznan and Korona Kielce. Lech Poznan emerged as 2-0 winners.
Updates from the event are available through the foundation’s official Facebook page, their Twitter account and their Instagram feed, while their website is updated throughout the day with stories from the tournament and beyond. A live stream for the event is also available on the website. Our own Amy Eustace is helping run the event this year. You should follow her updates on Twitter and Instagram, too.