While most of the world’s attention is usually reserved for the FIFA World Cup and the women’s equivalent, another World Cup exists that is arguably more important.
The Homeless World Cup was established in 2001 as a means to help homeless people around the world.
74 nations across the globe are involved in the organization which was founded by Mel Young and Harald Schmied. The aim is to utilize the power of soccer to break the cycle of poverty and assist those who are socially disadvantaged.
Street soccer partners invite homeless people to join their clubs, providing structure and routine.
Each country sends a team to the tournament, comprising of players who have been homeless at at least one point in their lives.
The Welsh capital, Cardiff, hosted the 17th annual Homeless World Cup where 500 players competed. Hosting rights now pass to Finland.