The first Homeless World Cup took place in 2003 in Graz, Austria, and we’ve been changing lives ever since. Our annual tournament brings together street football programmes from around the world, each representing their respective nation with passion and pride.
The tournament is a celebration of the amazing work being done by our National Partners around the world, an aspirational goal for individuals seeking a better future, and a powerful tool for changing public perceptions.
The first Homeless World Cup takes place in Graz, Austria. The tournament sees 144 players from 18 countries compete. Austria beats England 2-1 to lift the trophy.
Aproximatelly 50,000 spectators fill Melbourne’s Federation Square for a dramatic final day in Australia. Russia and Afghanistan meet in the final, where Afghanistan emerge as champions. Event surveys reveal that two thirds of spectators change their perspective on homeless people and that the event breaks down stereotypes. Melbourne also hosts the first Women’s Homeless World Cup, with Zambia taking the title.
The event is held in the shadow of the Eiffel tower, making it truly iconic. Workshops organised by Women Win accompany the tournament, helping empower women from 16 nations. This is the first time the event is broadcast live online. The men’s competition sees Scotland take the trophy for the second time, while Kenya becomes champion in the women’s event.
Poland welcomes 64 nations. The opening ceremony – held in Lech Poznan welcomes more than 30,000 fans. The Homeless World Cup and Fare Network join forces to say “no to discrimination, yes to diversity.” For the second year in a row, Brazil takes the men’s competition, while Mexico emerges victorious in the women’s.
The 2017 Homeless World Cup took place in the heart of Oslo, from August 29 – September 5. This event celebrated the biggest women's tournament with 24 women's teams invited to compete.
After an exciting finals day, it was mixed team Brazil who took the Men's/Mixed Homeless World Cup. The Women's Homeless World Cup went to Team Mexico who have now kept their title five times.
The 16th edition of the Homeless World Cup returned to Mexico City’s iconic Zócalo, right at the heart of the Mexican capital, from November 13-18.
More than 450 players representing 42 countries travelled to Mexico City to attend the inspiring week-long festival of football, in what was to be one of the most spectacular Homeless World Cup tournaments yet.
The 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Cardiff’s iconic Bute Park, right at the heart of the Welsh capital, from July 27 – August 3, 2019.
Led by actor and activist Michael Sheen, the Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup welcomed a range of activities in addition to the spectacular football tournament. This included a space for discussions about homelessness and society, and live music every evening.