Our Work

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.

The Tournament

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.

IPASS Erasmus+

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

Our Referee Prgramme is aimed at players and staff from our worldwide football programmes. The course helps with the training and development of new referees across the globe.

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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Player Stories

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Juliet Auma

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

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Jamie Maclean

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

Our Work

Tatianna Allen

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

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Theng Langeng

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

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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.”

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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.

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Angie Malaver

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