In a tournament where every single competitor has had to overcome unbelievable odds. Indonesia’s Eman Sulaeman, 27, form West Java stands out.
The crowds at the Homeless World Cup were captivated by Sulaeman’s agility, and his resilience has inspired many more.
Juliet’s passion for football is helping her to change her family’s future, as well as her own.
Thirty-year-old Jamie understands fristhand the power that hope can have in changing someone’s life.
South African captain is now a role model for aspiring players.
Education and football saved the tournament’s smallest player from a life scavenging Cambodia’s garbage dumps.
“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.”
Indonesian player opens up about living with the stigma against HIV/AIDS and how he regained hope through the beautiful game.
Reena used to hide the fact that she played football from her parents. Now she is encouraging other young girls to play the sport.
The only woman on the 2015 Peruvian team, Angie is a passionate champion of inclusion and equality.
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:
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.
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:
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.