In 150 days time, the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup will kick-off at the Champs de Mars, Paris.
64 teams from 53 nations will unite from 21-28 August to compete in the tournament that uses football to beat homelessness.
The Paris 2011 Women’s Homeless World Cup will be the biggest yet with 16 nations competing including Canada, France, Kenya and Scotland, all represented by a female team for the first time.
Unite against adversity and help Team Japan
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this month, the road to Paris may be a long one for the Japanese Homeless World Cup Team.
The Big Issue in Japan is a national partner of the Homeless World Cup and the organisers of Team Japan.
Whilst all staff and vendors from the Big Issue in Japan thankfully survived the disasters, magazine sales for vendors in Tokyo have dropped dramatically. There is no way to deliver copies to northern cities so the vendors in Sapporo and surrounding areas have nothing to sell.
In Sendai, one of the areas worst hit by the tsunami, vendors have survived but do not know what to do next. They are left fighting for their lives and for the welfare of their loved ones.
To aid their partner organisation through this difficult time, the Homeless World Cup is asking its supporters across the world to pledge money to ensure they make their way to the tournament in spite of adversity.
If you would like to donate today and support the Big Issue in Japan as they aim to stabilise their operations and assure a team take to the field at the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup, please click here.
Iconic photographer puts Homeless World Cup in the frame
At the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup, renowned photo journalist David Burnett captured the tournament with a team of Photographers for Hope from as far as Switzerland, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, United States and Brazil.
An exhibition of their photographs has opened in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, but you can check out the wonderful collection of images on display by simply clicking here.