The Homeless World Cup is an international football competition that brings together 50 plus nations ever single year. Played over ten days on three pitches. Teams consist of four players on the pitch at any given time with four substitutes. The pitches are small and surrounded by walls so the ball is constantly in play and its action packed with goals galore.
Cambodia V Croatia in Poland in 2013
Its more than just a football tournament. It gives disadvantaged people from all around the world an opportunity to rebuild their lives through the game of football. Players attend weekly training programs like HFCA in the hope of being one of the chosen eight. They learn about team work, get physically fit, slowly but surely rebuild their confidence through positive reinforcement.
HFCA have coordinated the Cambodian Team at the Homeless World Cup since 2008. We have attended the following events at Melbourne (2008), Milan (2009), Rio (2010), Paris (2011), Mexico City (2012), Poland (2013), Chile (2014), Amsterdam (2015), Glasgow (2016) and Oslo(2017).
"The opportunity that the HFCA program has afforded the BFT center is invaluable. This occasion gives our young men the potential to see new places and expand their horizon. This opportunity also may help to provide a greater sense of purpose through representing their home through an activity they love." Mr. Sedtha Long, Founder & Director of Build Your Future Today Center (BFT), Siem Reap-Cambodia
"In a developing country such as Cambodia and in the especially dire area where Cambodian Children's Fund works, there are few opportunities to truly aspire and even fewer examples of those who have transcended their environment. The Homeless World Cup provides the youth here with hope and a tangible goal. Despite the desperation and struggles faced by these youths, there are living examples of those who have transcended their situation." Scott Neeson, Executive Director, Cambodian Children's Fund
Cambodia and our friends from Scotland in Amsterdam in 2015.
Click on the links below to see reports, pics etc from previous tournaments.