The Homeless World Cup is a long running street soccer program that gives excluded people the chance to re-enter society through confidence gained through becoming part of a community playing sport.
Santiago’s Plaza de Armas recently hosted the final stage of Chile’s National Street Soccer Tour. The tour has been helping select players to represent Chile at the 2013 Homeless World Cup in Poland, as well as promote the fact that Chile is hosting the 2014 event.
Chile’s men’s team won the Homeless World Cup in Mexico in 2012 and will look to defend their title this year in Poland.
Daniel Boyle was on the scene, helping Englishman Kyle Waller with his film project, called The Homeless Goal. The documentary project is based on the Homeless World Cup and plans to detail the whole process of the tournament.
With football tennis, foosball and some other activities going on outside the matches, it was a great chance to present footbag. Some children from the Lo Barnechea team even recognized Daniel from a previous demonstration at the Feria de Futbol.
Holding up a mobile phone video, they asked – “is this you?”. After replying in the affirmative, there was no choice but to give a show. This attracted a good crowd, with many of the children able to stall or perform around the worlds and legovers.
Children try footbag with Flying Clipper bags at the Futbol Calle tour. Photo: Daniel Boyle
Daniel Boyle takes flight. Photo: Kyle Waller
The Homeless World Cup is a huge event, with the national events for each country taking place at major landmarks. The United States recently held their event in Times Square. These type of events are a great chance for footbag players to go and demonstrate the sport in front of large audiences, whether arranged by the organizers or not.