Proudly, Street Soccer Scotland are the National Partner to the Homeless World Cup and will be heading to California for the 2023 edition of the tournament.


Team Scotland have won the Homeless World Cup on two occasions, in 2007 and 2011, and we are proud to represent the nation as the official team partner.

Street Soccer Scotland are the official team partner for Team Scotland, giving players experiencing homelessness and social exclusion the opportunity to represent Scotland at competitions from the Homeless World Cup Foundation.

The Homeless World Cup is a global annual event, with both men’s and women’s competitions taking place in an elected host nation. 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.

The format for the tournament is four-a-side games lasting 14 minutes each. There is a group stage and knockouts with massive crowds packed around small-sided artificial pitches. 

Over 50 nations are represented at each tournament, with over 500 players taking part. Of those participating:

  • 94% Say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives
  • 83% Improved social relations with family and friends
  • 77% Changed their lives significantly because of their involvement in football
  • 71% Continue to play the sport


The Homeless World Cup is back and arrives in the States for the very first time.

Street Soccer Scotland are delighted to see the return of the Homeless World Cup in July of this year.

The tournament at Sacramento State University will host all the games from Saturday 8th July – Saturday 15th July 2023.

Players will be selected to represent Team Scotland based on the following criteria:

Be at least 16 years old before departing country of residence AND have not taken part in a previous Homeless World Cup.

Players must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Have been homeless at some point within the last 24 months, in accordance with the national definition of homelessness.
  2. Make their main living income as street paper vendor.
  3. Be asylum seekers currently without positive asylum status or who were previously asylum seekers but obtained residency status within the last 24 months.
  4. Currently in drug or alcohol rehabilitation and also have been homeless at some point in the past two years.


Our selection process will include regional trials across April and May, before a final squad is selected to travel. With additional challenges around visa and vaccine requirements to enter the USA, we will be providing support to prospective players, throughout.


As Scotland’s other National Team, we couldn’t attend the Homeless World Cup without the incredible support of our supporters and sponsors. There will be more information in the coming weeks about how you can support Team Scotland as an individual but in the mean time. 

For more information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities please contact Heather Manson at [email protected]


Here's all the answers you might want to know about this year's tournament in Sacramento...

Street Soccer Scotland will hold a series of trials over the coming months, with a final squad of eight players expected to be announced in early June.

If you know someone that fits the criteria for selection, you can get in touch with us on the contact details above. We can then help support this individual through our trials process.

Due to the strict nature surrounding the USA’s visa requirements for entry, Street Soccer were limited in its selection for a women’s team. We will be providing an opportunity for players who are part of our women’s only programmes to represent Team Scotland later in the year at the Street Soccer Nations Cup.

The rules for the Homeless World Cup can be found here.

On average 48 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams are invited to the tournament.

The Homeless World Cup is an inclusive tournament; anyone who identifies as a woman or as a man can play in their chosen competition as long as their country member is fielding a team.

The Homeless World Cup tournament structure is based on Rugby Sevens, with three stages of competition and several different trophies to win on finals day.

First Stage
After the draw, each team plays all of the other teams in their group once. Their relative position in the preliminary group determines the group they will play in during the Second Stage.

Second Stage
Each team plays each other team in its Group once in a round robin format. Once all the Group games have been completed, the teams’ final position determines the last Stage of the competition. Teams than finish first or second within their group advance to play for the Homeless World Cup (men’s/mixed) or Women’s Homeless World Cup (women’s). Those who finish in third and fourth place in their group compete for the next highest trophy, and so on.

Trophy Stage
Eight teams compete for each trophy, with each competition now following the standard form of quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. This includes placing games for all teams. All teams play three games in the Trophy Stage.

The structure of the tournament ensures that each team plays matches until the final day of competition. The standard of football varies considerably across teams, and as the tournament progresses, teams become more evenly matched in terms of skill which provides a rewarding experience for players and audience alike.



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