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.
The second edition of the Homeless World Cup takes place in Sweden, where Italy emerge victorious. Following the event, research is carried out that shows that more than 80% of the players have transformed their lives in a positive way.
Amazingly, the sun shines throughout the tournament in the Scottish capital. Italy emerge victorious for the second time in a row. Year-round activity across the globe increases and the impact of the event continues to grow.
The South African event welcomes 48 countries from around the globe. The Homeless World Cup expands its presence in Africa as several African partners take part for the first time. Desmond Tutu welcomes all the participants. The Russian team is crowned victorious.
Football legend Eric Cantona attends the event in Denmark and holds special coaching sessions with the players. The trophy goes to Scotland.
Aproximatelly 50,000 spectators fill Melbourne’s Federation Square for a dramatic final between Russia and Afghanistan – Afghanistan would 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 Italian tournament sees 48 competing nations and 500 players united at the Arena Civica. Ukraine takes the glory for the men’s competition.
Rio de Janeiro 2010
Rio de Janeiro host the event in the beautiful Copacabana Beach. The home nation sees both Brazilian squads take both the men’s a women’s trophies.
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.
A spectacular 168,000 fans turn out to watch players from 56 countries compete in the Zocalo Square in Mexico City. Chile emerges as the victor in the men’s event, while the home team takes the glory for the women’s competition.
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.
Santiago, Chile 2014
The 12th edition of the Homeless World Cup tournament takes place in Plaza de Bulnes, in Santiago. The event welcomes a spectacular 100,000 visitors. The host nation takes both the men’s and the women’s trophies.
The Homeless World Cup returns to Europe as the Netherlands host the 2015 tournament. The event is held at the iconic Museumplein. Both the men’s and women’s competition go to Mexico. The Mexican women’s team become the first squad to take the trophy three times.
Scotland welcomes the Homeless World Cup for a second time in Glasgow’s iconic George Square. More than 80,000 visitors attend the event. Mexico becomes double-champions for the second year in a row. The Mexican women’s team takes the trophy for a record-fourth time.
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.