Homeless World Cup in Holland

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Dutch king Willem-Alexander will officially open the Homeless World Cup at the Museum Square in Amsterdam on Saturday morning 12 September. Following the opening, he will watch the opening games of the Dutch Women’s team against Argentina and the Dutch Men’s team against Northern Ireland.

More than 500 players in 64 teams will represent their countries during the Homeless Word Cup. The participants come from a range of backgrounds, having experienced homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. Some suffer from addiction, mental health problems or financial difficulties. Street football for many is not just a tool to escape and let off steam, but to get their lives back on track. It helps them build friendships and boosts mental and physical health. At the same time football allows them to gain skills and qualities to rebuild their lives and participate fully in society.

The Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam is hosted by the Life Goals Foundation, in collaboration with the Salvation Army, Amsterdam City Council and the international Homeless World Cup organisation. The Life Goals foundation helps vulnerable people to reintegrate through sports.

Arne de Groote, director of Life Goals, said: “The visit of the king shows once again that sports for this vulnerable target group is being taken more and more seriously. We are honoured with his support and –following 3 years of preparations- very much look forward to a spectacular opening ceremony.”

The tournament takes place in a special location each year. Previous editions were held next to the Eifel tower in Paris and on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The décor for the 13th edition of the Homeless World Cup is a purpose-built street football stadium in front of the Rijksmuseum. The Homeless World Cup will take place from 12-19 September 2015.

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