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 Saturday July 27th to Saturday August 3rd 2019.

 

More than 500 players representing over 50 countries will travel to Cardiff to play in the week-long festival of football. Created to harness the power of sport in transforming the lives of the people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion, over one million people worldwide have had their lives positively impacted by the tournament and its programmes since the first tournament in Graz, Austria in 2003.

 

The event – which is completely privately funded and uses no public funding – will be delivered by the Homeless World Cup Foundation in coordination with Cardiff City FC Foundation, Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, FA Wales, FAW Trust, Pobl Group, Office of Michael Sheen, Green Man Festival, Working Word PR, PYST, Bevan Foundation, Community Foundation in Wales and Street Football Wales.

 

As a leading football for development charity that uses the appeal of Cardiff City FC to change lives, the Cardiff City FC Community Foundation is ideally placed to support the delivery of the Homeless World Cup.

 

Foundation Director, Gavin Hawkey said: “Football inspires passion, belief and most importantly a sense of belonging. I’m delighted that we’re able to support such an inspirational event that helps transform the lives of the players. The 2019 Homeless World Cup provides a unique platform to engage people in the issues that affect us all, such as housing, health, criminal justice and inequality.”

 

Welsh actor and activist Michael Sheen led the bid for the 2019 Homeless World and is taking a hands-on role in the organisation of the event event.

 

Michael Sheen said: “I want the Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup to be about creating a legacy of change informed by those on the frontlines of these issues and delivered by an entire nation together in a spirit of compassion and co-operation, qualities that we have long held dear and that have proudly defined us as a people. Everybody is welcome at Wales’ Homeless World Cup. So, come and join us in Cardiff this summer and let’s make a difference- together.”

 

The tournament has separate competitions for men’s/mixed teams and women’s teams. A full list of competing nations is available here http://homelessworldcup.org/cardiff-2019-competing-teams/

 

Entry to the Homeless World Cup is free and open to all. Games will be broadcasted live on Youtube via the official Homeless World Cup channel. For further information, visit https://homelessworldcup.org/ and follow @HomelessWrldCup on Twitter and @HomelessWorldCup on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.