• Advanced discussions to host the 18th Homeless World Cup in New York
  • Tournament hasn’t been held since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Homeless World Cup Foundation (HWCF) is delighted to announce that advanced discussions are in place to host the 2022 Homeless World Cup in the USA for the first time since the tournament began in 2003.

New York is selected to host the tournament in September this year, which brings together a network of HWCF Street Football Partners from around the world to celebrate the beautiful game.

The Homeless World Cup is a unique and pioneering tournament that uses football to inspire and demonstrate the power of sport in changing people’s lives. After the postponement of two tournaments in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this announcement is a step in the right direction in bringing this much loved and much missed tournament back on a global stage.

The venue, size, exact dates in September, the duration of the tournament, countries involved and other logistics are in discussion and will be shared once confirmed.

Mel Young, HWCF President and co-founder, said: “Since 2003 we have proved that using the power of football can change lives and through our annual tournament and our partnerships across the world, we are committed to tackling and ending homelessness.”

“Everyone at the Foundation, our global Street Football Partners and our loyal supporters have deeply missed our annual tournament, so we are delighted, excited and encouraged to be in a position to announce that the HWCF and partners in New York are in advanced discussions to host the Homeless World Cup in 2022.”

Lawrence Cann, Founder and CEO, Street Soccer USA “We support the mission and vision of the Homeless World Cup and believe in the players and coaches across the world banding together to improve their lives. Many global sporting events have fallen victim to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Homeless World Cup has been no different, but if any city is built to demonstrate the leadership and resilience required to host the return of the Homeless World Cup it is New York City.”

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Matthew Williams

Marketing and PR Manager at the Homeless World Cup Foundation

+44 7789 722 561


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