Lionel Messi has given his backing to the inaugural Dwarf Copa America that is breaking down social barriers in Argentina.
The tournament includes teams from across the Americas and is hoping to challenge discrimination and prejudices in the community.
Argentina player Diego Serpentini revealed Messi is supporting the competition, held in Buenos Aires.
He said: “I was able to meet Leo Messi and he said he had heard good things about the tournament.
“If he has heard about it, it means the tournament is generating a lot of interest.”
Chile, Colombia, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia are all taking part as well as Morocco who received a special invitation.
It is a 7-a-side tournament with downsized goals measuring 1.70m in height and 2m wide compared to the 2.44m x 7.32m for regular 11-a-side football.
Facundo Rojas, the Argentina captain, believes people with dwarfism are the most discriminated against worldwide but believes the tournament is the time to showcase their talent.