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May 20 2009
This year‘s Homeless World Cup will double in size as 48 nations unite behind the goal of kicking out poverty If there is a massive football-shaped hole in your life following the conclusion of the World Cup final on 9th July, then this might just be the best news you've heard all month. A tournament which aims to tackle global poverty through the positive power of football, kicks off in South Africa on 23rd September 2006. The Homeless World Cup is a week-long street soccer tournament that unites teams of homeless people from around the globe, providing excluded people with access to football in a team environment and, in tandem, generating a feeling of belonging, enhanced self-esteem and helping people to regain a health-oriented attitude towards life. Supported by UEFA, the Homeless World Cup has being growing steadily since its first ever outing in Graz (Austria) 2003. It differs from typical World Cup tournaments in that it takes place every year, giving people the chance not only to become world class, but also to travel the globe. Last year, it was held a mere stone's throw away in Edinburgh, but Australia is the latest country to be successful in their bid as Homeless World Cup hosts (Melbourne in 2008). Mel Young, co-founder and president of the Homeless World Cup, said: "The launch of the new Homeless World Cup global identity and the Cape Town 2006 logo will support our ambitious vision and goals to end homelessness. "In Cape Town this year we will see the Homeless World Cup double in size as 48 nations unite at the Grand Parade with one goal: to kick out poverty. And each player comes with their own goal, their own reason to stand proud - 77 per cent of players change their lives after a Homeless World Cup, an outstanding performance." All team selections have now been made for Cape Town 2006: A group of 12 players has been training together throughout the summer and they will be whittled down to the England final line-up ahead of the tournament in September. A longer report to follow in the next issue, as well as an update on how England is progressing through the tournament. Let's hope they play better than Beckham and his stooges!