HOMELESS WORLD CUP GLASGOW - 2016
The 2016 Homeless World Cup will take place in the heart of Glasgow, from July 10-16. For the duration of the seven day event, Glasgow’s George Square will be “the most inspiring place on the planet.”
In total, 64 teams, representing 51 countries, will come together to celebrate and highlight the year round life changing work of the Homeless World Cup National Partner network. Five hundred twelve players will arrive in Glasgow each with their own story to tell, their own point on a journey to create a better life for themselves.
George Square will be converted into an outdoor street football venue for the event, with three purpose built pitches with seating. Up to 100,000 of spectators are expected to attend the tournament. Entry is free every day, and tickets are not required.
HOMELESS WORLD CUP STATS
To help our supporters better understand this global problem, we have sought to compile the latest available statistics on the challenges faced by our National Partners. If you would like to learn more about – and help support – our partners and the countries in which they work, please join the Supporters Club.
The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015.)
Getting an accurate picture of global homelessness is extremely challenging. Definitions of homelessness vary from country to country. Census data is typically collected based on household and, while most census data takes into account those living in shelters and receiving government aid, census takers struggle to count the “hidden homeless” – those who may be residing in inadequate settlements such as slums, squatting in structures not intended for housing, couch surfing with friends and family, and those who relocate frequently.
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