Every year, the Homeless World Cup Foundation delivers an inspirational week-long street football tournament that brings together more than 450 players representing 40+ countries around the world, all of which have faced homelessness and social marginalisation.
The tournament attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year with millions more following the action online.
The 16th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in 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 first Homeless World Cup took place in Graz in 2003. The Austrian city welcomed 144 players form 18 countries. Since then the tournament has traveled to 15 different cities across the world and has grown to accommodate 64+ teams and more than 500 players.
Over the years, the Homeless World Cup has grown to an international event, and while the format of the event and the game itself remain pretty much the same, every Homeless World Cup is unique.
A survey conducted on players during the Homeless World cup found: