Futebol Social – Organização Civil de Ação Social
Futebol Social – Organização Civil de Ação Social (Social Footbal – Civil Organisation for Social Action) provide sports and social training for players at a regional level, and organise tournaments across Brazil. Participants are encouraged to find permanent employment to help them out of poverty.
In addition to football training, participants are expected to take part in other activities to aid their integration into society, such as workshops on education, relationships, and social awareness.
Team Brazil is backed by Romário, one of the greatest football legends in Brazil, who has expressed his support on many occasions.
In a population of 210 million, it is estimated that more than 50 million Brazilians live in inadequate conditions (Habitat, 2017).
According to the Perseu Abramo Foundation, there were 101,854 people living on the streets of Brazil in 2015 (FPAbramo, 2017).
Unemployment was at 12.8% as of 2017, which increased from 11.3% in 2016. The unemployment rate among people aged 15-24 is 30.2%. The population living below the poverty line is 4.2%, although approximately 4% of the population are below the ‘extreme’ poverty line (CIA, 2018).
In Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Office of Social Assistance estimate there are 14,200 people homeless in the city. This marks a 150% increase in three years (Rio Times, 2017).