We work to help our Street Football Partners improve on the work they do and positively impact the lives of even more people around the globe.
Some of our projects are aimed at the development and improvement of football programmes across the world, while others focus on developing the skills of those participating in such projects.
Every year, the Homeless World Cup Foundation delivers an inspirational week-long street football tournament that brings together more than 500 players representing 50+ countries around the world, all of which have faced homelessness and social marginalisation. Competing in a purpose-built stadium in the heart of the host city, the players represent their country and unite in celebration. The annual tournament frequently attracts crowds of more than 80,000 with millions more watching online around the world.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation was awarded a 3-year grant from the European Commission via the Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Managed by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, the aim of the IPASS Erasmus+ Project was the improvement and collaboration of street football programmes across 21 European countries.
International Referee Programme
The programme, designed and delivered by professional referee Paul Nagtegaal, helps create a new generation of referees for local programmes as well as providing former Homeless World Cup players the opportunity to become official Homeless World Cup Referees.
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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.
USA goalie draws attention for tenacious play, a signature shirt, and an infectious smile
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.