A squad of players from Street Soccer Scotland’s free football programmes will be travelling to Sacramento, California to represent Scotland at the Homeless World Cup 2023.
The tournament, which is back for the first time since 2019, is a global event that provides an opportunity for players experiencing homelessness to represent their country and raise awareness for the growing homelessness crisis across the world.
Previous tournaments have taken place in iconic locations such as Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, under the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as other major cities like Melbourne, Amsterdam and Mexico City. This summer’s tournament is the first since 2019 and will take place at Sacramento State University in California between the 8th and 15th of July and will feature nations from every continent.
Scotland, winners of the competition in both 2007 and 2011, will be entering a men’s team that includes players from across Street Soccer Scotland’s free football sessions. The tournament has been described by former players as a ‘life-changing experience, with 94% of Team Scotland players noting that the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives.
The squad were officially revealed at Hampden Park as Street Soccer continue to celebrate its official partnership with the Scottish FA. Players were greeted by Scotland captain and Street Soccer Scotland ambassador Andy Robertson as well as other members of the squad such as Billy Gilmour, Greg Taylor, Aaron Hickey, Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie.
With the squad due to travel to California on July 6th, Street Soccer Scotland were delighted with the ongoing support of the Burness Paull Foundation, The Malcolm Group and Rhino Express, who will all feature on the iconic navy blue jersey. The squad were also kindly gifted Scotland national team tracksuits from JD Sports.
Team Scotland squad: Stephen, Andrew, Grant, Dean, Kian, Paddy, Callum.
Learn more about Team Scotland, online.