In a tournament where every single competitor has had to overcome unbelievable odds. Indonesia’s Eman Sulaeman, 27, from West Java, stands out.

The crowds at the Homeless World Cup were captivated by Sulaeman’s agility, and his resilience has inspired many more.

Player Stories


Juliet Auma

Juliet’s passion for football is helping her to change her family’s future, as well as her own.


Jamie Maclean

Thirty-year-old Jamie understands fristhand the power that hope can have in changing someone’s life.


Tatianna Allen

USA goalie draws attention for tenacious play, a signature shirt, and an infectious smile


Theng Langeng

Education and football saved the tournament’s smallest player from a life scavenging Cambodia’s garbage dumps.


Camilla Lindén

“With football, I have focus and purpose and a strong circle of support. I belong to something. Football has been like a best friend to me.”


Rokim Rokim

Indonesian player opens up about living with the stigma against HIV/AIDS and how he regained hope through the beautiful game.

Homeless World Cup, Amsterdam 2015

Reena Panchal

Reena used to hide the fact that she played football from her parents. Now she is encouraging other young girls to play the sport.


Angie Malaver

The only woman on the 2015 Peruvian team, Angie is a passionate champion of inclusion and equality.

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Changing Lives

Our street football partners operate in more than 450 locations, reaching 100,000 homeless people every year. So far, the Homeless World Cup Foundation and its partners have impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe.

Each year, our network of street football partners select more than 500 players to compete in the annual Homeless World Cup tournament. Of those participants:

Say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives
Improved social relations with family and friends
Changed their lives significantly because of their involvement in football
Continue to play the sport

The players at the tournament are the tip of the iceberg, individuals whose efforts and dedication to National Partner programmes—and to changing their lives—have earned them the opportunity of a lifetime. The reach of the Homeless World Cup extends much farther than the 500 players who attend the annual event.

Changing Perceptions

In addition to inspiring marginalised people to make positive changes in their lives, the Homeless World Cup annual tournament aims to challenge public’s perceptions of homelessness and the issues that surround it. By showing the human side of homelessness, we aim to help breakdown stereotypes and change the ways in which we think and talk about homelessness.

A survey conducted on spectators at the Glasgow 2016 Homeless World Cup found that:

Now have a more positive attitude towards homeless people as a result of attending the event
Felt the event made them more aware of the issue of homelessness
Agreed that the event helped raise the profile of homelessness
Agreed that football is a good way to bring people together

Attending the Homeless World Cup – being exposed to the inspiring stories of it’s remarkable participants – can change people’s perceptions of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Social Return on Investment

In addition to helping change the lives of players and perceptions of homelessness worldwide, the Homeless World Cup Tournament in Glasgow generated a social return of $8.62 for every dollar invested.

A study performed by Pro Social Valuation, which covers the 2016 impact of both the Homeless World Foundation and the Homeless World Cup Tournament in Glasgow, tells a powerful story of the organisation’s social impact. The Homeless World Cup Foundation created $364+ million in social capital through the year round, worldwide programmes of its National Partners. The Homeless World Cup Tournament in Glasgow created $13 million in social capital. In addition, social capital was generated by Tournament sponsors.

You can find the full Pro Social Valuation Service Report here.