Gatefotball (Street Soccer) is a project started by the Salvation Army. It focuses on drug rehabilitation for men and women through sport.
The Salvation Army in Norway has been using football to reach out to different groups for more than 30 years. Gatefotball was officially created in 2005. Since then, the programme has expanded into many cities across Norway, and an annual Norwegian Street Football Cup was founded.
Norway proposed new legislation banning both begging and helping beggars in 2014, but it dropped the proposal due to strong opposition who warned that the new law would criminalise acts of charity. The proposal was targeted specifically at the ethnic Roma migrants whose number has increased tenfold in the past six years (Reuters, 2015).
The number of homeless people in Norway has dropped from 6,259 in 2012 to 3,909 in 2016 (EOH, 2017). It is thought that a long-term focus on residential social work and viewing homelessness as a housing problem has been essential in reducing numbers (Norway Today, 2017).