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streetfootballworld - The worldwide Street Football Network

Afghanistan vs. England in the quarter-finals? Brazil against a mixed team from Israel and Palestine in the final? These are only two of the possible pairings at the first-ever Street Football World Championship to be held during the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Berlin.

Based in the German capital, streetfootballworld - the worldwide network for street football -is organising the 'festival 06'. Since the network's founding in 2002, streetfootballworld has already engaged over 80 projects. Practicing tolerance, training fairness and scrapping offside - a variety of methods that use football to end violence, drug abuse, poverty, and promote dialogue between nations and peoples. The network facilitates exchange of know-how between the projects, supports fundraising activities and strengthens the international movement of street football through advocacy.

Football for Peace in Colombia

A deadly own-goal provided the impulse for the establishment of the world-wide streetfootballworld network. In 1994, the Colombian national player Andrés Escobar was murdered after he had scored an own goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ in the USA. The murder of Escobar led Jürgen Griesbeck, then a visiting lecturer in the sport sociology department in Medellín, to develop the idea of a street football project. In 1996, he started "Fútbol por la Paz," a project bringing together gang members and victims of the conflict - to play football. After Germany was chosen to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Jürgen Griesbeck founded streetfootballworld. At the end of 2001, streetfootballworld was brought under the umbrella of the German Youth Football Foundation with the support of Jürgen Klinsmann, president at the time. In April 2002, streetfootballworld began its work in Berlin, supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

FIFA and streetfootballworld

FIFA, through its Football for Hope Movement, and streetfootballworld have united to form a strategic alliance for 'social development through football'. The new partnership will begin with FIFA helping to stage the streetfootballworld 'festival 06' and supporting the work of five street football projects. The second streetfootballworld festival will take place in South Africa as an integral part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The social dimension of football will take on a new meaning thanks to this strategic alliance, leaving a legacy on the African continent following the FIFA World Cup™.