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No skirts this time: four new teams in the women’s HWC

 Street News Service 11 July 2019

The Women’s Homeless World Cup, being played in parallel with the mixed competition, forms an integral part of the tournament week. This year 16 teams will compete. (345 Words) - By Staff Writer

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Women’s tournament in the Homeless World Cup 2010 in Rio, Brazil.Photo: Eduardo de Oliveira

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Women’s tournament in the Homeless World Cup 2010 in Rio, Brazil.Photo: Eduardo de Oliveira

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Women’s tournament in the Homeless World Cup 2010 in Rio, Brazil.Photo: Eduardo de Oliveira

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Zambia’s team in the Homeless World Cup 2008.Photo courtesy of the Homeless World Cup


Serving as an important platform for empowerment, the women's competition motivates homeless and marginalised women, often from economically poorer nations; to transform themselves from being victims of culture and circumstance, to independent, strong women who will go on to set an example for other women in their own countries.

Following the resounding success of the competition at Rio 2010, the Women's Homeless World Cup continues to make fantastic progress. The Women's Homeless World Cup sparked incredible interest in Rio as the 12 participating teams plundered no fewer than 520 goals in just 54 games as host nation Brazil were crowned champions. As a result, the Homeless World Cup received an unprecedented number of applications from partner organisations wishing to field an all-female team at the Paris 2011 event whilst incorporating women's football into their national projects.

The women's tournament has since been expanded to 16 teams, allowing for a further four teams to compete in Paris with Canada, hosts France, Malawi and Scotland all set to debut.

The Women's Homeless World Cup rankings have also been released for the first time. Based on the finishing places from Rio, the inaugural rankings see winners Brazil, beaten finalists Mexico and third placed Haiti make up the top three. With interest and participation at an all time high, expect the Paris 2011 Women's Homeless World Cup to be the biggest yet.

For more information go to: www.homelessworldciup.org

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