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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Sports Read 448 times
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The first Homeless World Cup took place in 2003 in Graz, Austria, and the game has been changing lives ever since. The annual tournament brings together street football programs from around the world, each representing their respective nation with passion and pride.

Each year, homeless people who were invisible on the streets become heroes on the pitch and standing proud representing their countries, their lives are changed forever.

Since Graz 2003, the flagship event has grown in terms of scale, impact and geographical reach. Host cities to date include Gothenburg, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Cape Town, Melbourne, Milan, Rio de Janeiro, and Paris. Amsterdam announced was the 13th city to host the annual Homeless World Cup.

The Homeless World Cup football tournament has its own special rules.

The fast-paced games are 4-a-side and played in two halves of seven minutes each, with a one minute break for halftime. Women’s and men’s teams compete for separate cups—however women can play on the men’s teams. Each team consists of up to eight players, four of which—three field players and one goalie—are on the court at a time.

·         Players can only compete in a single Homeless World Cup tournament.

·         During tournament play, winning teams receive three points; losing teams receive none.

·         There are no ties; if a match ends in a draw, it is decided by a sudden-death penalty shootout.

·         In matches decided by a penalty shootout, the winning team gets two points and the losing team gets one point.

·         The pitch is 22 meters long by 16 meters wide. The goal is four meters wide by 1.3 meters tall. The penalty area is a four meter half circle.

·         A size five ball is used.

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Oladimeji Abdulgafar

Oladimeji Abdulgafar, a seasoned sports writer per excellence has a brief stint in coaching Grass Root Soccer Development Association. He had also been a media consultant to a footballing side and had worked in several countries including Niger Republic and The Gambia. Among awards won are CAF U-20 Congo 2007 Best Newspaper Reporter with City Limits Radio, Gambia and Boska Cup 2010 Best Print Media Correspondent.

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