Mexico

Street Soccer Mexico

Street Soccer Mexico A.C. is a private, non-profit organisation that uses sports as a social tool. They run the Mexico Homeless World Cup Teams in collaboration with Fundación Telmex.

The organisation is aided by national and civic institutions to organise tournaments and training sessions for the children and youth living in shelters, recovery homes, or marginalised communities.

Organisation Details

Participants

Children and young adults

Locations

Nationwide

Homelessness Statistics

12%
Of the population live in inadequate housing with dirt floors, tin roofs, and mud walls (Habitat, 2019)
50%
of Mexico's children and teenagers live in poverty (Humanium, 2017)

Poverty is an issue that has affected Mexico for decades. Every year families have to leave their homes due to threats of violence from gangs, crushing poverty and environmental disasters (Save the Children, 2019).

Homelessness is strongly tied to high rates of domestic violence in Mexico, which is not properly dealt with by the legal authorities. Furthermore, many criminal gangs and drug cartels exploit women for prostitution and human trafficking, making homeless women particularly vulnerable (Women Under Siege, 2012).