With all the nail-biting action of the UEFA Euro 2016 being concluded with the final this Sunday (10 July), you’ll be looking for your next footie fix. Luckily, Scotland’s got just the thing – the Homeless World Cup 2016. So, we hear you ask, what’s it all about?
What’s the Homeless World Cup all about?
Street soccer goes truly international at this incredible, feel-good seven day event. Now in its 14th year, the tournament is a ground-breaking social movement which uses football to encourage and enable homeless people to change their own lives. It first took place in 2003 and the tournament was previously hosted by Edinburgh in 2005.
When and where does it take place?
The whole tournament will be held in the heart of Glasgow in George Square. It takes place from 10 – 16 July 2016, with games running throughout each day.
Can I watch?
Yes, you can indeed! The Homeless World Cup is free and unticketed, and up to 100,000 spectators are expected to attend over the week of competition. George Square will have three purpose-built pitches, each with tiered seating which includes accessible seating for up to 10 visitors. It’s a fantastic, inspiring event that sports fans of any age will love. Check out the details of all the scheduled matches!
If you can’t catch the action live in George Square, then you can also watch online via live streaming. In Scotland, tune in to extensive live coverage on STV Glasgow, STV Edinburgh and the main STV channel.
Who’s taking part?
With 64 teams (both men’s and women’s teams) representing 52 countries, there are participants coming from all over the globe to compete. You’ll find the four home nations – Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales – competing, as well as others from far and wide including Australia, Cambodia, South Korea, Switzerland, Lithuania, Guatemala, Peru and Argentina, to name but a handful.
When does the first event start?
On Sunday 10 July, teams will proudly parade from Glasgow Caledonian University at 12.15pm on a route that will take them via Renfield Street, past The Tron and then into George Square. The opening ceremony will begin at 12.30pm as the players arrive.
Scotland’s men will face Hong Kong in the opening fixture at 1pm, followed by Scotland’s women against Norway, immediately afterwards at 1.25pm.
What else can I do in Glasgow?
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the thrilling action on the pitches, you’ll find there’s a whole host of experiences to enjoy in Glasgow, including fascinating museum and galleries, beautiful parks and gardens, scrumptious food and drink tours and an awe-inspiring outdoor mural trail. Get an overview of things to see and do in the city, or be inspired by a weekend in Glasgow itinerary.
What else do I need to know?
If you’re going to watch the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, be sure to take some snaps and share them on social media using #ScotSpirit and #HWC2016!
Want to know what else is on? You can also discover other amazing events in Scotland taking place this summer on our website.