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Hosted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, the Homeless World Cup Tournament is an annual
event – a week long festival of street football that draws crowds of more than 80 000 people each
year. More importantly, however, the tournament provides players with a sense of empowerment
and accountability. To date the event has impacted the lives of 1 million people, and counting, since
it launched in 2003.

In 2019 the 17th edition of the tournament will be hosted in Cardiff, Wales and will include 500
players representing 50 countries.

One of the objectives of the Homeless World Cup Foundation is to change the way homelessness is
perceived by the public, showing its human side in the hope that the issue will be approached with
more compassion. To this end – and in addition to the Homeless World Cup – the Foundation also
supports a network of 73 other projects across the world.

The Homeless World Cup goes beyond the game of football. It aims to inspire players, all of whom
are homeless, to want to better their lives as they become part of something greater than
themselves. In addition, it strives to teach them the value of being part of a team and the
responsibilities that go with it – attending training, getting there on time and building lasting

The latter is key for many homeless people, who – because of their situations – often become
isolated and lose the ability to function on a social level. Playing in the tournament allows the
players to improve social relationships with both friends and family.

For many, their involvement in football continues after the tournament as they continue to play;
relishing the sense of belonging and empowerment they receive from the game.



These aren’t just words, neatly packed to sound helpful “in theory”; these are the very real concepts on which the global movement of positive change is built.
It’s with these ideas that The Philanthropic Collection home to The CEO SleepOut is turning old world philanthropy on its head;
getting business leaders to sleep on the streets to raise funds and gain empathy for the homeless in The CEO SleepOut Event;
and sparking conversations that truly lead to worldwide action.

By Ali Gregg