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The 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup kicked off on Tuesday August 29th in Oslo, Norway.FIFPro is a partner of the event which aims to help people get their lives back on track.

What you need to know about the 2017 Homeless World Cup, which runs until September 5th.  

the players

72 teams from 54 countries will play at the tournament, including 48 teams competing in the men’s/mixed competition and 24 in the women’s – the biggest number to date. More than 500 players will participate.

The game

It’s a 4-a-side game played on a small pitch (22 meters long and 16 meters wide). Teams consist of 8 players: 1 goalkeeper, 3 outfield players and 4 substitutes, with rolling substitutions allowed. Matches last 14 minutes (two 7-minute halves). Each match has a winner. If there is a draw, the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. More than 400 games are scheduled.

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Norway's men's team during the opening match against Brazil

Who can compete?

A player has to be at least 16 years old, may not have appeared in a previous Homeless World Cup and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • must have been homeless at some point in the past year;
  • his/her main living income is from selling newspapers on the street;
  • the player is in drug or alcohol rehabilitation having been homeless at some point in the past two years;
  • he/she is an asylum seeker.

FIFPro’s role

HWC 2017 gifts 250FIFPro is a partner of the Homeless World Cup. The global player union also presents a daily fair play award to a player who showed outstanding sportsmanlike behaviour. He or she will be honoured on a special stage and will also receive an official jersey of the "Fair Play World 8," a team that will be celebrated on the final day. FIFPro hands out gifts to the winner’s teammates too because football is a team game.

the fair play awards

The Homeless World Cup is a special sporting event, where winning back control of your life is the most important goal. The FIFPro fair play award emphasizes that respecting yourself, your teammates and opponents is more valuable than scoring a match-winning goal.

Who picks the award winners

At the end of each match day, match referees decide on a fair play winner who will be honoured the following day.

Are other player unions involved?

Ten FIFPro member unions are supporting a local street football organization: ABF (Bulgaria), HUNS (Croatia), FPAI (India), IFPO (Israel), NISO (Norway), PFA England, PFAI Ireland, PFA Scotland, SFS (Sweden) and SAFP (Switzerland).

Where can I watch?

There is a live stream on the Homeless World Cup website and YouTube channel.

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