Every year since 2003 there has been a Homeless World Cup to help those less fortunate change their lives through the sport of soccer. Last year, they held the event in Poznan, Poland. The US sent a men's and women's team to compete. Director Micha Peled of Teddy Bear Films, based out of San Fransisco, followed the women's team's journey.
The documentary follows the stories of the 5 members of the women's team that were chosen from different Street Soccer USA programs around the nation to represent the US. The synopsis for 'Goal! The Incredible Journey' can be found here. All of the filming has been completed and they have setup a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to finish the production of the movie. The campaign was launched today and will be active for 30 days.
Homeless World Cup
The Homeless World Cup has been going on every year since 2003. And now they have 70 national partners who participate in the HWC. The organization itself helps coordinate the different programs in all of the partnering nations. The idea for the programs is to have a positive impact on the lives of the homeless and excluded people all around the world.
And with an internationally recognized annual tournament the organization has all participating nations provide teams and play for the HWC. It celebrates the work the programs do and provides an opportunity for those who participate to represent their country and meet others from around the world in similar situations.
For more information about the Homeless World Cup, check out their website: https://www.homelessworldcup.org/
Street Soccer USA
Street Soccer USA is the HWC program for the United States. There are teams that play in 16 different US cities, including here in Portland. Players are chosen from the teams across the nation to represent the US in the HWC each year for both the men and the women. And in October the US teams will get to travel to Chile for the 2014 HWC.
Check out Street Soccer USA and you can find more information about our local Portland team here as well. The Portland team, called "Hope", is run by David Stone and the Outside In organization. Check them out!
Director Micha Peled said that the Portland team does show up briefly in the film during their travels but no one from that team went to the HWC.
The Kickstarter campaign has launched today and will be up for 30 days. The goal is to raise $30,000 to complete the production of the film and get it out to the world.
Check out all the links above out and learn more about the Homeless World Cup and their programs. For this film, you can find their facebook page here and some footage from the film here, along with the kickstarter link.