Homeless World Cup to be held in Glasgow this July

The Homeless World Cup 2016 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland this July, it was announced today.

In total, 64 teams, representing 51 countries, are expected to compete in George Square, in the heart of Glasgow.

Grenada celebrate after their game with Ireland at the Homeless World Cup 2015 Photo: Alex Walker

Mel Young, President of the Homeless World Cup Foundation said the event will be “a real celebration of optimism”.

Up to 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the tournament, which will run from Sunday 10 July until Saturday 16 July. Entry is free every day, and tickets will not be required.

Mel Young, President of the Homeless World Cup Foundation said: “We are happy to be bringing the Homeless World Cup back to Scotland after 11 years, and know Glasgow will be an amazing host city, with George Square the focal point.”

In dozens of countries, the Homeless World Cup’s partners offer homeless people the chance to enter programmes that harness sport to change lives.

The Homeless World Cup Glasgow 2016 is the culmination of a year of progress for each country and
player involved.

The event is being supported by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “The Homeless World Cup teaches us about the power of sport to bring people together and change lives for the better.

“Every one of the players will have a powerful story. Many of them have experienced real hardship, but all are on the path to a more positive future, and it’s inspirational to see the role that sport is playing in their lives.”

George Square in Glasgow. Photo: Finlay McWalter (Creative Commons)

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham OBE
added: “Sport changes lives. We know that from experience in Glasgow.

“It inspires and connects with people on so many levels and the Homeless World Cup is the perfect example of that.

“It raises awareness of the challenges faced by many people in communities across the world but more than that, it shows what can be achieved by working together.”

The Homeless World Cup has a close history with INSP, having been conceived at an INSP summit. Many of the teams have strong links to street papers.

INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam said she was very pleased that the event will be in Glasgow, just around the corner from the INSP headquarters.

“Our whole team is very excited that we will be so near to the action this year,” she added. “For INSP, it will be fantastic – and we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces from the world’s street papers.”