ABOUT THE HOMELESS WORLD CUP FOUNDATION
The Homeless World Cup is a global movement, using football to end homelessness. Our year-round work culminates in an annual event which gives players an opportunity to represent their country on a global stage.
Our network, made up of 70+ grassroots organisations, directly engage with homeless and marginalised people, through playing football and offering additional support services.
We offer mutual learning opportunities – events, exchanges and webinars that allow members to share their best practices. We also deliver referee training for players wishing to use football as an income-generating opportunity.
We have one member organisation per country. As a member they are eligible to represent their country at our flagship event, The Homeless World Cup. Playing for their country has proven to be life changing for these people that society previously forgot. It is the catalyst for many to get their lives on track.
Since being established in 2003, the Homeless World Cup has been held in some of the world’s most exciting cities including Melbourne, Cape Town, Amsterdam, and Mexico City.
1. Austria lift the inaugural Homeless World Cup in Graz in 2003 / Mauricio Bustamante
2. The Homeless World Cup in Melbourne in 2009 / David Simmonds
3. Mexico celebrate at the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam in 2015 / Daniel Lipinski