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.

Meet the teams

Number Name
11 Bayan Ahmadpour
3 Marie Kopka
26 Paula Palm
4 Emelie
22 Jonna Gry
14 Clara Castenbäck
30 Hedda Lilja
20 Viveka Holmberg
Number Name
7 Bulent Aydin
2 Markus Samuelsson
8 Christian Lundholm
15 David Silvdahl
9 Michal Malolepszy
10 Matias Arriola
23 Mats Poulsen
6 Azef Ziaei

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

15%
of Sweden's population living under the poverty line
18%
of homeless people described as "acutely homeless"

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).