Sports event brings record crowds to Oslo

Around 100,000 fans and 72 teams arrive for Homeless World Cup
Record crowds are expected to watch the Homeless World Cup take place in Norway, with 100,000 fans descending on Oslo for the eight-day street football tournament and a worldwide audience of more than three million.
The 2017 edition of the Homeless World Cup is set to be the biggest of its kind in its history. A record 72 teams from 54 countries across the world will compete.
The tournament, which kicks off at Oslo’s Rådhusplassen city square on August 29, is now in its 15th year, with 570 homeless men and women participating.
Last year’s event in Glasgow resulted in around €11 million in social capital being generated from people getting off the street and into employment, the Homeless World Cup Foundation says.
Of the players, 94% said the event had a positive impact on their lives, while 84% of spectators said they had a more positive attitude towards homeless people after watching the tournament.
Games are four-a-side with four rolling substitutions and consist of two seven-minute halves. Mexico are currently men’s and women’s world champions.
The tournament starts on August 29 with Norway vs. Chile in the men’s/mixed competition, followed by the women’s match between Norway and Brazil.
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