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On Saturday September 12th, the men’s teams representing the Netherlands and Northern Ireland will kick-off the thirteenth edition of the Homeless World Cup, which will be held in one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque locations.

From this year on, FIFPro will be one of the event’s partners. The World's Professional Footballers Association will be supporting these less fortunate players in a unique effort to improve their life standards.

The Homeless World Cup is a charity that supports grassroots football programs and social enterprise development through a network of 74 national partners. It celebrates its work by organising an annual football tournament that unites teams of homeless people from countries all around the globe. This year, from 12-19 September, 64 men and women’s teams made up of over 500 players will compete at the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Tony Higgins, FIFPro's Spokesperson on Players' Social Responsibility matters, is looking forward to the event: "The power of football has allowed many homeless people to transform their lives and become role models for other people facing the same plight. The ethos of the Homeless World Cup - and its preceding national tournaments - is one that sits comfortably with FIFPro."

To illustrate the value of the Homeless World Cup and the positive impact it has had on many former participants’ lives, FIFPro will publish several portraits of former players leading up to the start of this year’s event.

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All articles courtesy of the Homeless World Cup

 

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Carlos Soto (FIFPro and Sifup, Chile) and Homeless World Cup President, Mel Young (click to enlarge)