Austria

Initiative Goal/Homeless World Cup Austria
Caritas Campus

Initiative Goal work in partnership with organisations across Austria to build a network of social street football projects. Their aim is to promote social inclusion through sport.

They offer support for people who are experiencing homelessness, or have done so in the past year. They also reach out for street vendors, asylum seekers, refugees and people affected by substance abuse.

Their men’s/mixed team is coached by Gilbert Prilasnig, former Austrian International, while their women’s team is coached by Emily Cancienne,  who represented Sturm Graz in the Austrian League, and UEFA women’s champions league.

Participants

Men and women, 16 years or older, who are homeless, or have been homeless in the past year, street vendors, asylum seekers, refugees, those undergoing alcohol or drug rehabilitation or those who have done so in the past two years

Locations

Nationwide

Homelessness Statistics

18.8
Of the population considered at risk of poverty and social exclusion

Costs of living and housing are increasing much faster than wages and therefore subsidies for accommodation are gradually becoming insufficient. (FEANTSA, 2014).