The Homeless World Cup is Coming to Sacramento

By djsheryl on December 19, 2022
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Have you heard about the Homeless World Cup? It’s a unique and pioneering tournament that uses street-soccer to inspire and demonstrate the power of sport in changing people’s lives. After the postponement of three tournaments since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament returns next summer! It’s happening July 8 through July 15 at Sacramento State and will include more than 500 athletes from more than 50 countries. All players have experienced homelessness within the past three years or are refugees.

Mel Young, Homeless World Cup President and Co-Founder, said: “Since 2003 we have proved that the power of football can change lives and through our annual tournament and our partnerships across the world, we are committed to tackling and ending homelessness. Everyone at the Homeless World Cup, our global Member Countries and our loyal supporters have deeply missed our annual tournament, so we are delighted, excited and encouraged to be in a position to announce alongside our partner Street Soccer USA that the state capital of California, Sacramento and California State University, Sacramento will be hosting the Homeless World Cup in 2023.”

California State University, Sacramento President Robert Nelsen said: “The University’s role as tournament host is another illustration of its commitment to building deep and meaningful connections in our community and beyond. I am proud to that we will host the Homeless World Cup in 2023, and I look forward to welcoming athletes from around the world to our campus. This event will reimagine the conversations surrounding the global issue of homelessness while transforming the lives of the athletes as well as the spectators.”

Learn more about the Homeless World Cup here!

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