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 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Cardiff’s iconic Bute Park, right at the heart of the Welsh Capital, from July 27-August 3.
More than 500 players representing over 50 countries travelled to Wales to attend the week-long festival of football, in what was one of the most inspiring 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:
Say the Homeless World Cup Positively impacted their lives
Improved social relations with family and firends
Changed lives significantly because of their involvement in football
Continue to play the sport
Help keep the ball rolling…