Amsterdam has been announced as the host city for the 2015 Homeless World Cup.
The announcement was made on Friday and Mel Young, president and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup was joined at the official launch by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, and partner organisations of the 2015 bid including the Amsterdam municipality, the Salvation Army, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and the Ministry of Security and Justice. The launch was also attended by 18 European partners of the Homeless World Cup programme who work with homeless people throughout Europe and Patrick Gasser, senior manager of social responsibility for UEFA.
Young said: “The Netherlands have always been one of our strongest international partner programmes and it is testament to the quality of their bid and the range of partners involved that I am able to announce that Amsterdam will host the 2015 Homeless World Cup. I am sure it will be an absolutely wonderful occasion as we continue in our efforts to help as many homeless people to improve their lives through football. Amsterdam is known worldwide as a socially engaged city with an open outlook; it fits perfectly with this event.”
Friday’s announcement means that the next three Homeless World Cup venues are now known. The 2013 tournament will involve 64 nations and be held in the Polish city of Poznan from August 10-18. The 2014 event will be hosted by Santiago, Chile.