The Homeless World Cup, a life-changing football tournament that give participating players the chance to do so something they never dreamed was possible, comes to an end today. Trophies and medals will be handed out later in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
But another ground-breaking international tournament is on its way to London.
Organisers of the the World Cup of Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) have announced that the third event will take place in the UK capital in May and June next year.
Operating under the slogan “freedom to play football,” CONIFA gives teams from cultural regions, unrecognised states and small, independent territories around the globe the chance to compete, since they are not able to do so through FIFA or UEFA.
Formed back in 2013, participating members include the Isle of Man, Quebec, Tibet and Monaco.
The tournament and its teams are not without controversy. Officials from Georgia have previously complained that team representing the region of Abkhazia, officially part of Georgia, were allowed to host last year’s event.