A Canadian men's team has participated in the Homeless World Cup in previous years, and this year, for the first time, a Canadian women's team will also be competing. Members of the women's team, men's team, and some alumni came out to practice with the 'Caps. Whitecaps FC players participated in a friendly match and provided some pointers to those in attendance.
The 2011 Homeless World Cup, taking place from August 21 to 28 at the Champs de Mars in Paris, France, will bring together 64 national soccer teams, made up of homeless and socially marginalized players from across the world.
The first Homeless World Cup took place in 2003, and since then, the annual event has grown in scale and popularity. This year’s tournament is supported by Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger, as well as former World Cup winners Lilian Thuram and Emmanuel Petit.
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