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Mon 25 September 2006

Homeless World Cup

Chances are, you are unaware that the 4th Homeless World Cup has kicked-off.

The Homeless World Cup Foundation is a charity that has been set up to fund and support projects based around the highly successful Homeless World Cup.

It’s a street soccer event and this year it is held in Cape Town, South Africa. Football legend Eusébio got the tournament underway with the first kick of the competition.

2003 runners-up England have been in summer training with the Manchester United squad and face Hong Kong, Serbia and Kazakhstan in Group A.

Scotland face Group D opponents Frane, Czech Republic and Burundi.

Last years winners Italy have been drawn against Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Some of the rules of street soccer are…

Matches consist of two halves of seven minutes eachPitchsize: 22 metres long x 16m wideGoal size: 4 m wide x 1.30m height, depth approx. 1 m Ball size: normal ball usedTeams can be all male, all female or mixedMaximum of four players per team on the pitch - three outfield players and goalkeeperPlus four substitutes ('flying' or 'rolling' substitutions apply)Squad must not exceed eight players

The final is to be held on Saturday 30th September.

For more details, visit http://www.homelessworldcup.org/

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