Sweden

Gatans Lag

Gatans Lag is a football organisation that uses football as a tool to beat homelessness, addiction, and other types of social exclusion through football. They create motivation and energy within the players for them to be able to change their own life situation.

Gatans Lag became members of the Swedish Football Association in September 2012. Today, they run football training sessions in five cities across Sweden. In 2015, they are hoping to expand to 10 cities.

Organisation Details

Participants

Adult men and women affected by homelessness, substance abuse, and other forms of social exclusion.

Locations

Stockholm, Vasteras, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, and Lund

Homelessness Statistics

34 000
People experiencing homelessness in Sweden

The proportion of homeless women has increased (especially those suffering domestic violence), as well as the proportion of homeless people born outside of Sweden (National Board of Health and Welfare, 2011). In 2012, the budget for supporting evicted families decreased, which is problematic since families with children are one of the most vulnerable groups. In 2010, 2,562 children were affected by applications for evictions, and statistics shows that evictions of families with children continue to increase (Women Rough Sleepers, 2012).