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Homeless World Cup

Global football tournament to inspire homeless people to change their lives. This year in George Square, Glasgow, 10-16 July.

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives.<br /> <br /> We envision a world where anyone who is or becomes homeless can gain access to one of our National Partners’ 73 transformative programmes. <br /> <br /> Our mission is to inspire homeless people to change their lives through the power of football.<br /> <br /> We provide a focus for—and celebration of—their year-round activity by organising and delivering an annual, world-class, international football tournament for national teams of homeless men and women.<br /> <br /> OUR WORK<br /> <br /> Homelessness can force people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate their thoughts, and work with others.<br /> <br /> When a homeless person gets involved in football, they build relationships; they become teammates who learn to trust and share. They have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time, and to be prepared to participate. They feel that they are part of something larger than themselves.<br /> <br /> The sense of empowerment that comes from participating in street football helps homeless people see that they can change their lives; and our National Partner organizations give them the tools they need to do just that.<br /> <br /> A survey of Homeless World Cup players showed that:<br /> <br /> * 94% say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives;<br /> <br /> * 83% improved social relations with family and friends;<br /> <br /> * 77% changed their lives significantly because of their involvement with football; and<br /> <br /> * 71% continue to play the sport.<br /> <br /> The players at the tournament are the tip of the iceberg, individuals whose efforts and dedication to National Partner programmes — and to changing their lives — have earned them the opportunity of a lifetime. <br /> <br /> The reach of the Homeless World Cup extends much farther than the 512 players who attend the annual event. <br /> <br /> The Homeless World Cup movement includes:<br /> <br /> * 73 National Partners<br /> * Working in 420+ cities<br /> * With 100,000 homeless people involved every year,<br /> <br /> The Homeless World Cup has impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe since our founding nearly 15 years ago.