Changing lives through football: the Homeless World Cup

Photo by Photographers for Hope

After Wayne Rooney’s recent stand-off with Sir Alex Ferguson earned him a new five-year-contract worth an estimated £42 million, you would be forgiven for having a cynical attitude towards football.

Despite the opulent nature of the Premier League, football has a great capacity for good.  The Homeless World Cup has been demonstrating this every year since it began in Graz, Austria in 2003. 18 nations competed that year, and since then, it has expanded to incorporate 64 national teams at this year’s tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

With conservative estimates putting the number at 100 million homeless people worldwide, the Homeless World Cup is looking to use the beautiful game to make positive change.

Calum Fuller reports.