The next Street Child World Cup will kick-off in Moscow ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Teams of street-connected children from across the world will come together to play in a football tournament like no other and send their message to the world: I AM SOMEBODY.
More than 200 children and young people will unite representing 24 national teams with one goal: change the way the world sees and treats all street children.
For the first time there will be an equal number of girls’ teams represented alongside boys’ ensuring that street-connected girls have a level playing field to be seen and have their voices heard.
Football Tournament: Girls’ and boys’ tournaments complete with group, knock-out stages and finals.
Congress: Addressing key issues faced by street-connected children and led by the children themselves.
Festival of Arts: Opening and closing ceremonies and a programme of music, dance and visual art.
It is estimated that 150 million children are forced to live and work on the streets worldwide. Every day these children are denied their basic rights. They are often stigmatised, mistreated and marginalised and denied the opportunities they need to realise their potential. Their voices are rarely heard.
The Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children uses the power of football to challenge this.
Each national team is organised, selected and supported by a frontline charity organisation working to improve the lives of street-connected children in their community.
Each player has either experienced street living, street working, homelessness, been at risk of homelessness, trafficking, foster or adoption or government care and is now supported by the organising charity.
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Volunteer applications for the Street Child World Cup 2018 are now open. Find out more.
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”