FIFPro and the Homeless World Cup have sealed a three-year partnership. The World’s Professional Footballers Association will be supporting the less fortunate players on the planet, in a unique effort to improve their life standards.
The Homeless World Cup (HWC) is a charity that supports grass-roots football programs and social enterprise development via a network of 70 national partners. It celebrates its work by organising an annual football tournament that unites teams of homeless people from countries all around the globe.
Participating in this event is not restricted to homeless people. The tournament also welcomes players – male and female – who have encountered serious trouble and have searched and found personal help to combat their challenges, including mental health problems, drug or alcohol addiction and crime.
Mel Young, Homeless World Cup President. “Since the Homeless World Cup first started in 2003, thousands of homeless and marginalised people have used football to change their lives with many finding homes, getting jobs, going into education and coming off drugs.”
The Homeless World Cup’s street football partners operate in 420 cities, reaching 100,000 homeless people every year. So far, the Homeless World Cup and its partners have impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe.
Each year, the HWC network of global street football partners select 500 players to compete in the annual Homeless World Cup tournament. Of those participants:
- 94% say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives
- 83% improved social relations with family and friends;
- 77% changed their lives significantly because of their involvement
- 71% continue to play the sport.
Football and the Homeless World Cup have the power to change the lives of homeless people. Here are a few of their stories:
- A ball changed Lukes Mjoka’s life
- Homeless World Cup gave Toby back his daughter
- Patrick became a coach at Paris St-Germain
- Jeff’s thoughts of drugs were wiped out
- Juliet might start her own business
- Jackline can now take her kids to school
- Published: 03 August 2015