Homeless World Cup Day Foundation plans virtual global event to raise awareness of homelessness



ORGANISERS of the Homeless World Cup have unveiled plans to host a virtual global event this summer.

The annual tournament was due to take place in Tampere, Finland this year but had to be cancelled due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID 19).

The Foundation now wants to use the power of football to bring together players and supporters from across the world in an international celebration of the game with its inaugural Homeless World Cup Day (HWCDay).

Mel Young, Chairman of the Homeless World Cup Foundation, said:

“Cancelling the Tournament means we’ve lost more than a sporting event. We’ve lost the stage on which we showcase the power of football to inspire and change lives. HWCDay will reclaim that stage and bring people from all over the world together in one single cause; to end homelessness.

“The Homeless World Cup is more than a tournament – its life changing and totally transformational for those who take part. We want to bring some good out of the current situation and have had to be innovative in our thinking about how we do that.”


Plans for the day are still being finalised however the digital event will promote the work of the Homeless World Cup Network of Street Football Partners and mobilise supporters to raise funds to increase the organisation’s global impact


Val McDermid, best-selling author and Trustee at the Homeless World Cup Foundation said:

“Organising the HWCDay has given us something exciting to focus on in the wake of our disappointment at cancelling the tournament. Losing the event has been a blow to everyone involved, but we’re determined to find a way to bring our partners together in a special day that celebrates our mission with creativity and fun.”


HWCDay will be solely digital – hosted by the Foundation’s website – and will aim to celebrate the work of the Foundation and its Street Football Partners, as well as showing the power that football has to inspire and change lives.

Combining creative talent and various digital media, the event will showcase players stories, engaging talks and fun challenges for people wanting to participate from all over the world. As with every Homeless World Cup tournament, HWCDay will be free for anyone to access.

In a symbolic gesture, HWCDay will take place the day the finals would have been played at the now cancelled 2020 Tampere Homeless World Cup.

More details about the plans will be revealed in the coming weeks.



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Mariana Mercado

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Notes to editors

Homeless World Cup Foundation:

The Homeless World Cup Foundation is a pioneering charity that uses football to inspire people who are homeless to make positive changes in their lives. They work with a network of Street Football Partners across 70+ countries and every year organise an inspirational world-class street football tournament for men and women experiencing homelessness around the globe.

Last year’s event took place in Cardiff, Wales. The event was spearheaded by Hollywood actor and activist Michael Sheen.