The Homeless World Cup returns to Scotland as part of a partnership between the Homeless World Cup Foundation, The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council (via Culture Sports Glasgow).

Additionally, the Homeless World Cup has been encouraged by the range of local business pledging their support and services, all of which will add real value to the tournament. Announcements of each company’s involvement will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup Foundation comments:

“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. We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, and Culture Sport Glasgow to deliver what we’re sure will be the biggest tournament yet.

“What is important for me to stress is that this is significantly more than a football tournament; it’s a real celebration of optimism. We will have 512 players with us, and every single one of them is at some stage of their journey towards a more stable future. Their personal stories are remarkable, often very moving, but they reflect a real sense of hope for social justice.

“We want people to come to George Square in their tens of thousands this July, and feel that sense of optimism, and to be inspired by it. Knowing Glasgow as we do, there are surely few better places in the world to celebrate our movement.”

Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP comments: “It’s great news that the Homeless World Cup is coming to Glasgow, and I’m delighted that the
Scottish Government has been able to fund the tournament.

“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.

“I’m sure that when the event starts this July it will really capture the imagination of Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole. I for one can’t wait for it to kick off.”

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham OBE said:

“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.

“Every participant has their own unique story to tell as they take steps to transform their lives through the power of sport and that will shine through during a week-long festival of football in George Square. That will be the real success of the Homeless World Cup - it will help create a brighter future for so many people from across the world.”
David Duke, Founder and Chief Executive of Street Soccer Scotland adds:

“Street Soccer Scotland select, coach and mentor Team Scotland at the Homeless World Cup every year. It’s great to offer our players, who will be selected from the many thousands who take part in our hundreds of football programmes across the country, with an opportunity to represent their country on home turf. Glasgow is a great host city, and its people will open their hearts to the inspiring players from across the world.”

Scotland & Celtic Captain and Homeless World Cup Ambassador Scott Brown said:

"As a Homeless World Cup ambassador it is exciting to see the tournament coming to Scotland this summer. I've learnt in recent years the impact the Homeless World Cup Foundation has across the globe, and it's inspiring and humbling that more than 1m people have been able to get their lives on the move. Obviously, I'll be supporting Team Scotland, but I hope the tournament is a brilliant success and the people of Glasgow come out in their numbers in July."

Scotland National Team Assistant Manager & Motherwell FC manager Mark McGhee comments:

"It is fantastic that the Homeless World Cup is coming to Scotland in July. George Square is sure to be an inspiring place as hundreds of players, engaged in incredible journeys, have the opportunity to celebrate, together. It is once again a reminder of the remarkable power of football, in this case changing lives."