The Homeless World Cup Foundation is a unique, pioneering charity which uses football to inspire people who are homeless to change their own lives.
An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide (source: United Nations Commission on human rights, 2005) and as many as 1 billion people lack adequate housing. The characteristics and causes of homelessness around the world are complex and varied. Homeless people experience social exclusion and stigmatisation, economic hardship and poverty, and physical and mental health problems.
In South Africa, there is a housing deficit of 2.5 million homes, and 7.5 million South Africans lack access to adequate housing. Millions of those who do have homes live in small, wooden shacks built in informal settlements (IRIN News, 2007). Due to high commuting costs, many people who have homes on the periphery prefer to sleep in the streets of the large municipal inner cities where they work (Du Toit, 2010).
The Vision is for a world where everyone who wants a home has a home.
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 will take 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 will travel to Wales to attend the week-long festival of football, in what promises to be one of the most inspiring Homeless World Cup tournaments yet.
For more information please click here (www.homelessworldcup.org)
The PFA and Oasis hosted a Homeless World Cup selection tournament which brought together 80 players from Cape Town and surrounding areas all hopeful of travelling across to Cardiff in July to represent South Africa at the next Homeless World Cup. Oasis, a registered non-profit organisation founded in Cape Town in 2000, use sport as a force for good and a driver of social change and have managed the South African Homeless World Cup team for several years. The PFA will once again support the team by helping to provide kit and footwear for the players.