The Homeless World Cup Foundation is thrilled to announce that Oslo, Norway has been awarded the 2017 tournament.
Taking place from August 29 until September 5, the tournament will be held at the iconic Rådhusplassen, The City Hall Square, between Oslo City Hall and Oslo Fjord. Oslo 2017 will mark the 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup. The 2016 tournament took place 10-16 July in Glasgow.
The Homeless World Cup, which was co-founded by social entrepreneur Mel Young, is a pioneering social movement which provides a focus for 73 different countries who are involved in delivering street soccer programmes which support men and women on the edges of society. Using the power of sport, over one million people have benefited from the Homeless World Cup Foundation’s country partners.
In Norway, the Homeless World Cup’s partner is the Salvation Army, who will host the event. As long time partners, the Salvation Army has been responsible for the national street football team since 2005 and has taken a team to eleven tournaments. The Salvation Army has street football teams in Oslo, Tønsberg, Larvik, Kongsvinger, Lillehammer, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger and Sandnes and hosts an annual national championship which involves 300 players each year.
Mel Young, co-founder of the Homeless World Cup comments: “We’re excited to bring the Homeless World Cup to Oslo. The determination of our host partners at The Salvation Army to bring the tournament to Norway, speaks volumes of their commitment to tackle the issues of homelessness.
“They support hundreds of players every week, and providing an opportunity for them to kick on and make a life they want for themselves. Oslo is sure to be an outstanding experience, once again highlighting what an inspirational, global movement we have.”
Benjamin Brekke-Nærstad, project leader for Oslo 2017 comments: “We are really pleased to welcome the Homeless World Cup to Oslo. We believe that Oslo will be a fantastic host for this fantastic event, and look forward to welcoming all the players to our beautiful city.”