The first Dwarf Copa América has started in Buenos Aires with the goal of using football to tackle social prejudices.
Teams from Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Paraguay, Peru, and Bolivia are taking part in the continental tournament with Morocco joining the line-up by special invitation. It began Thursday and runs through Sunday.
"We belong to the most discriminated against group in the world. We have managed to change that, to show what we are capable of – to play football, to work and to study," said Facundo Rojas, captain of Argentina's national team.
Brazilian team member Oromar Miranda said: "For years we never even dreamed we would be playing an official football match one day, so it is very important for us."