Tomorrow the wait will finally be over – at 14:00 Team Brazil girls will take to the field against Team Indonesia girls to kick-off the 2014 Street Child World Cup, organised in association with Save the Children.
After the opening game 16 other teams will get their first taste of action across the three pitches at Lonier, all named after famous grounds around the world: The Maracanã, Soccer City and River Plate.
Before the opening round of fixtures is the Opening Ceremony, which will include all the Street Champions, directed by Artistic Director Renato Rocha, of Nós de Morro and formally the Royal Shakespeare Company.
John Wroe, Chief Executive of Street Child World Cup, said “Four years of incredible work have lead to this moment, and now all the teams are in Rio the atmosphere is fantastic. We’re delighted so many Street Champions are here, representing countries from all over the globe.
“We’d like to thank all our inspiring project partners and of course we couldn’t have done this without the support of our sponsors. The teams can’t wait to get started, and neither can we.”
Keep an eye on the tournament website and our Facebook and Twitter (@SCWC2014) pages to follow the action.
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”