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.
Although Sweden is a wealthy country that places high in worldwide standards of living (CIA, 2019), homelessness does exist. In the last 10 years the number of homeless people has increased with the number of homeless women, most of whom had children born abroad, increasing the most (National Board of Health and Welfare, 2018).
A Swedish national mapping of homelessness took place over one week in 2017, finding 33,250 people homeless, 18% of whom were described as “acutely homeless” (National Board of Health and Welfare, 2018).
Roughly 15% of Sweden’s population, 1.5 million, lives below the poverty line, meaning they lack the level of income to meet minimum living conditions (CIA, 2019).