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19 September; Author: World Cup Willy

T minus 1 – official event starts tomorrow (Sunday) but today there has been fun and games, as the teams gathered for registration, collection of kit donated by Nike and the group match draw.

It rained! And it rained! And it rained! It could have been Slough or Manchester or Wolverhampton, but this was Copacabana Beach … and it rained all day long! Forecast is not good for tomorrow, and it does dampen things a bit, but so many players made the very best of it – singing, dancing, chanting, embracing each other – all in the name of football. The very best of the high spirits came from the Mexican women, who did all the above, and did it very, very well! They sung, others sung; they danced, others danced; and so began the pattern of them being the centre of attention throughout the day. Wonderful energy from them, to maintain it all day long and what a wonderful sight too.

My job for the week has now been confirmed – I will be working in Media & Communications, photographing the event and writing match reports, player profiles, updating the website and more. Photographing the action today has put me right in the thick of it, meeting lots of people already, talking, laughing, gesturing with hands (when a language barrier is too great to overcome) and, ultimately, getting these guys ready for the experience of their lives. The buzz has already started to move through the event, and it is all generated by football.

The group match draw took place, throwing up some interesting fixtures tomorrow including Brazil v Chile (opening match) and England v Hong Kong. All fixtures, reports etc are online at www.homelessworldcup.org.

Highlights today? Mexican girls getting the action going and Palestine & Haiti teams arriving at the stadium, showing they can turn out for this regardless of anything that has happened recently. Just take a moment to think what their nations have experienced over the last few months and years. And they have still made it here!

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What is this all about?

This is all about creating new futures for people ... through football. It's simple! And more than 500 people from across the world will have the opportunity by taking part in the 2010 Homeless World Cup. The event raises awareness of homelessness globally and drives people to change their lives with new health, jobs, homes, families and more. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Who am I?

I'm Wil, a football fan ... and now a volunteer at the 2010 Homeless World Cup. I've taken on the challenge of volunteering for the 2010 Homeless World Cup to combine my passion for football with a desire to help others. I'll be getting my hands dirty at the event, helping in a whole range of ways (lugging around equipment, directing teams, talking to the press, compiling results, writing blogs and more). It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to make a difference to so many other people's lives.