In 2001, Mel Young and Harald Schmied developed the idea of utilising sport to inspire homeless people to transform their futures. The international language of football seemed an obvious vehicle, and the Homeless World Cup was born. The first tournament was held in 2003 in Graz, Austria.
The Homeless World Cup now operates via a network of 74 national partners, supporting football-based programmes and social enterprise development around the world. Our 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.
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.
You can find out more about the Homeless World Cup here