The 2015 Homeless World Cup took place in Amsterdam’s cultural centre, the Museumplein. Located in the borough Amsterdam South, Museumplein is home to three major museums – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum – and the concert hall Concertgebouw.
The Homeless World Cup was played across three pitches – lined with state-of-the-art synthetic turf courtesy of Act Global – standing among these cultural landmarks, from Saturday, September 12 to Saturday, September 19.
For eight days, the park hosted players, volunteers, fans, and journalists from all over the world. The men’s and a women’s tournament ran parallel, with a total of 63 teams competing for glory.
The Final Standings
The Homeless World Cup football tournament is unique in that, irrespective of ability, all teams play the same number of games throughout the tournament. Thanks to a series of trophies, the games are exciting and meaningful even on the final day of the tournament. On the last day, every team knows their final position – and those standings then influence the rankings that will seed next year’s tournament.
There are a total of eight trophies: six in the men’s competition and two in the women’s. The Homeless World Cup and Women’s Homeless World Cup trophies are the top prizes, respectively.
The first two stages of the tournament determine which cup each team will play for, with teams of similar ability ending up competing against one another on the final two days.
Homeless World Cup
This is the iconic and original trophy of the Homeless World Cup. It is a symbol of the tournament and has traveled the world for the last 13 years. Mexico were the proud winners this year and will look after the trophy until the 2016 Homeless world Cup. The men’s final of the Homeless World Cup saw Mexico defeat Ukraine.
Salvation Army Cup
The local Salvation Army in Amsterdam was a key partner of Stichting Life Goals, the local organizers of the 2015 tournament. Bulgaria fought hard and fair to win the Cup by beating Ireland on finals’ day by a score of 6-4.
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The City of Amsterdam was an important partner of the 2015 tournament and welcomed the event on its iconic Museumplein in the centre of the city. They lent their name to the third tier men’s trophy, which was won by team Indonesia. The spirited Asian nation defeated Norway in the final game by a close score of 6-5.
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Life Goals Cup
Stichting Life Goals is the Homeless World Cup’s National Partner in the Netherlands and hosted the Homeless World Cup this year. Austria were the proud winners of this trophy after a strong performance against France in their final game.
India played Grenada to win the SportsGen Cup; the fifth tier cup is named after the event co-organisers of the spectacular Amsterdam tournament.
INSP Networking Trophy
The sixth level of men’s trophy is named after the International Network of Street Papers. It was at an INSP conference in 2001 that Homeless World Cup co-founders Mel Young and Harald Schmied first came up with the idea for the tournament. Greece took the trophy home this year after beating Switzerland 6-2 in their final game.
Women’s Homeless World Cup
The Women’s Homeless World Cup trophy is the top prize in the women’s competition. The women’s champion for 2015 is Mexico. The team demonstrated impressive football skills on the pitch throughout the week and during their final game against reigning champions Chile.
There are currently two groups of eight women’s teams, the second of which competes for the Women’s Plate. The second level of competition was won by Wales, who defeated Sweden by a score of 2-1 on finals day.
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Congratulations to the teams for their performances on the pitch and for all they have achieved and fought for to come this far. For complete game scores and standings from throughout the competition, visit the Matches or Standings pages.
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Amsterdam 2015 Partners
Amsterdam photography provided by JL Marshall. Tournament photography by Alex Walker, Romain Kedochim, Daniel Lipinski, Steve Beddoes, Anita Milas, and Paul Bence.