What we do
The Homeless World Cup Foundation supports a network of 74 local grassroots projects around the world. While we are most famous for organising and delivering the Homeless World Cup annual tournament, we also aim to support and develop grassroots projects that utilise football as a tool for social change.
Some of our projects are aimed at the development and improvement of football programmes across the world, while others focus on developing the skills of those participating in such projects.
International Referee Programme
Aimed at players and staff from our worldwide football programmes, this course helps with the training and development of new referees across the globe.
The programme, designed and delivered by professional referee Paul Nagtegaal, helps create a new generation of referees for local programmes as well as providing former Homeless World Cup players the opportunity to become official Homeless World Cup Referees.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation has been awarded a 3-year grant from the European Commission via the Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Managed by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, the aim of the project is the improvement and collaboration of street football programmes across 21 European countries.
Every year, the Homeless World Cup Foundation delivers an inspirational week-long street football tournament that brings together more than 500 players representing 50+ countries around the world, all of which have faced homelessness and social marginalisation. Competing in a purpose-built stadium in the heart of the host city, the players represent their country and unite in celebration. The annual tournament frequently attracts crowds of more than 80,000 with millions more watching online around the world.
In addition to inspire change in participants to help them improve their live situations, our work has also helped challenge public perceptions of homelessness and the issues that surround it. By showing the human side of homelessness, we aim to promote a more compassionate approach to helping those affected by it.