President and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young spoke to The Homeless Goal project about how the tournament started.
The actual concept of a tournament was discussed over a beer with fellow co-founder, Harald Schmied.
Initial discussions for a one-off street football competition took place after the 2001 Cape Town conference on homelessness, but it soon became apparent this would not be the case following the success of the first Homeless World Cup in Graz, Austria.
Mr Young said: “We were only ever going to do that one [tournament].
“We never thought we would do it every year, but it was so successful that we decided to do it as often as we could.”
To know more about Mel Young’s thought on the Homeless World Cup, listen to the audio clip below.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132248034″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
The interactive map provides more knowledge of key events that have happened since the Homeless World Cup began.
Participating in the tournament in Poland was Chile, who were made up of players from sports social program, Futbol Calle.
The Homeless Goal documentary shows you the challenges that two members of the Chile team had to face in order to represent their country at the Homeless World Cup.