Finishing in 16th place out of 48 countries!
The Homeless World Cup was founded by Mel Young from Scotland and Harald Schmied from Austria, who came up with the idea at a conference on homelessness, in Cape Town in 2001. They both believed that it was possible to “change the lives of homeless people through football” and two years later in 2003, the first Homeless World Cup tournament took place in Graz in Austria.
Experiences like these change the lives of all those involved:
"This great trip and probably one of the best experiences i will ever get in my life is coning to an end. The group of friends ive made and the great memories ive had with these boys was amazing thanks to everyone for the support and to the people who got us here thanks" Craig Haslam
"That's it now heading home today, best 2 weeks of my life what an experience unbelievable it was! Wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was freaked I'm going home going to miss Chile" Dylan O'Toole
"Well back in the land of living have to say chile was amazing tourement was exceptional lads were brilliant love the lot of them great bunch but I'm delighted to be home just want to thank Sean Kavanagh because without him people's dreams don't come true the work he does so thanks Sean gentleman" Graham Tucker
So it's back to business as usual now again until next year!
Want to join one of our national street soccer leagues and be in with a chance of representing your country at next year's Homeless World Cup? Then check out http://www.irishstreetleague.com/street-leagues.html
To help support the efforts of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues and the year round support then please give what you can on mycharity.ie
A HUGE thank you to all who have shown their support, through fundraising events throughout the year, donations, corporate sponsorships, donating their time and the many many messages of support and encouragement, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.