In the summer of 2006, while the football world’s attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the world were training hard and competing to be part of another World Cup – The Homeless World Cup. It was a wild idea by a Scot and an Austrian – to give the homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition.
Five years later, the annual Homeless World Cup has become an internationally recognized sports competition. 500 homeless players from 48 nations would ultimately be selected to represent their country in Cape Town, South Africa – coming from such disparate parts of the world as war torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the overflowing public Shelters of Madrid, Spain, and the unforgiving city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the homeless have no rights or identity. Win or lose, for these players it would be the journey of a lifetime. Airing in North America on ESPN; Narrated by Colin Farrell. 98 min.