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Scotland stars help Homeless World Cup list the jerseys

By on March 22, 2016
Robert Snodgrass and Gemma Fay reveal the 51 participating nations who will take part in the 2016 Homeless world Cup, forming 64 teams. The tournament will be held in Glasgow in 10-16  July

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Scotland stars Robert Snodgrass and Gemma Fay teamed up to help announce the 51 countries who will be arriving in Glasgow for  The Homeless World Cup in July.

George Square was yesterday turned into a giant “back green” with an enormous washing line assembled to represent the colours of all 64 teams.

The 48 men’s and 16 women’s sides will participate in a week-long celebration in the heart of Glasgow, from July 10-16. In total 512 players will participate, each with a story to tell as they continue on a journey towards a more stable future.

Scotland and Norwich striker Snodgrass said: “I’m pleased to be able to reveal the competing nations today ahead of this summer’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.

“Football has an unbelievable power to unite people across the world, and this tournament, and the 512 participating players are testament to that.”

Scotland and Glasgow City goalkeeper Gemma Fay added: “So many of the women who will participate in the Homeless World Cup have unimaginable stories behind and with them, so I am very glad we can give them a platform here in Scotland to perform as part of their journey. It’s incredibly inspiring.”

This year’s tournament is co-funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow Life, with support from a range of partners. As part of the team announcement, the rankings have been released which will be used to allocate a seeding pot for the draw, which takes place in May.

Rankings are calculated based on team performance over the last seven years, with extra weight given to Amsterdam 2015, Santiago 2014, and Poznan 2013.

Players can only participate in the Homeless World Cup once so team performance can vary greatly from year to year. Consistency from year to year is, therefore, more important than final position in a single tournament.

Two time winners Brazil lead the men’s rankings, followed by last year’s champions Mexico, who defeated Ukraine (14) in the Amsterdam final. Scotland’s National Partner, Street Soccer Scotland, has qualified for the tournament and will enter men’s (15) and women’s teams (6). Burkina Faso participates for the first time, while Ivory Coast and Australia men’s teams return after a period of absence.

Egypt make their debut as a men’s team, while Greece, Ivory Coast and South Africa participate in the women’s competition for the first time. The draw for the 2016 Homeless World Cup takes place in May, and will be broadcast live.

Homeless World Cup Foundation president Mel Young said: “This is always an exciting announcement which allows us to reiterate the global nature of the Homeless World Cup and the inspiring activity our National Partners deliver across 73 countries.

“For us, this is about so much more than a football tournament, as it represents an opportunity to shine a light on our players who have embraced a demanding journey towards a better future. They deserve their moment, and we know Glasgow will give them a welcome like no other.”

 

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said “the global reach of the tournament means the Homeless World Cup has the potential to change many lives across the world” and deputy leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life Councillor Archie Graham said “It promises to be a truly inspiring event and I know the people of Glasgow will give every competing nations the very warmest of Glasgow welcomes.”

* The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement that uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Their mission is to inspire homeless people to change their lives through the power of football and operate through a network of 73 National Partners to support football programmes and social enterprise development.

* Street Soccer Scotland was founded in 2009 by David Duke andis the organisation that represents Team Scotland at the Homeless World Cup event every year. ? Street Soccer Scotland delivers a range of football related personal development and training programmes to socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. ? Street Soccer Scotland offer between 30-35 weekly programmes for around 1000 people every week ? Team Scotland (Men) Won the Homeless World Cup in 2007 (Copenhagen) & 2011 (Paris).

HOMELESS STATICS IN SCOTLAND – SHELTER SCOTLAND say ? 35, 764 homeless applications were made in 2014-15 (2013-14: 36,457). ? Young people under 25 represent just under a third of applicants (Shelter Scotland, 2014). ? In 2014-15, 730,000 people (14%) were in relative poverty before housing costs, 90,000 fewer than the previous year (Scottish Government, 2015) ? 45% of all people who become homeless are single male. The single female rate is 21% (Shelter Scotland, 2014).

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