Our youth among players in Homeless World Cup
qualifier during Pan Am Games
TORONTO, ON, July 17, 2015 – A group of our youth will be among players from across Canada who will hit the pitch in Hamilton for the national Homeless World Cup qualifier.
Their coaches, Mauricio Rodas and Danny De Asis Aguilar, will accompany six soccer buffs on the weekend of July 18 for the matches set to coincide with the Pan Am Games.
“We’re thrilled our youth will be participating because these games aim to help define players by their potential and not their plight,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director. “We’ll certainly be cheering them on.”
The Canadian qualifying tournament, from July 12 to 20, will bring together nearly a dozen teams from across the country, including Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and more, to compete for the eight spots on the Canadian roster.
Our team will be spending the weekend with the rest of the players and coaches at Mohawk College.
"Sports connect people," says Street Soccer Canada Founder Paul Gregory. His hope is that spectators will “see the soccer first and the issues later”.
The organization has been sending teams to Homeless World Cups for 12 years, shortly after the tournament was started. This year’s will be held in Amsterdam in September.
The sport is closer to indoor soccer with smaller nets, a short basketball-court sized field and four people a side and one person limited to only being in the offensive side of half.
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