The Street Child World Cup

London, UK


The Amos Trust is a UK charity who organised the first Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Durban, South Africa in March 2010. The trust was also involved in the event in Brazil in 2014, but a new charitable trust  – Street Child United – had been set up to administer and run it.

The SCWC is much more than just a football tournament. It celebrated street children’s potential, and allowed their stories to be heard. It also enables the NGOs from all over the world to get together and share their different experiences and expertise. SSSK is pleased to have been able to support the venture, both financially and with volunteers.

In Durban, eight teams of street children, including three girls in each team, came together to play some of the most passionate 7-a-side football of the year. They also undertook a massive art project highlighting their experiences and their rights, in conjunction with township schools nearby. In addition there was a three-day conference when the children were able to share their stories and opinions.

For many street children, football really is more than a matter of life or death. It’s the only good thing in their lives. It’s a break from hunger, abuse and fear.

In Rio in 2014, the children came from 19 countries, and included ten girls teams. 230 street children were involved.

The participating street children received high quality training in football coaching, as well as help and advice over advocacy and about child rights, to support them to build futures as peer mentors in their own countries. They returned as ambassadors for street child rights.

You’ll find an interesting overview, and some really good pictures at

For a summary of its impact, see: and look  at a selection of videos from the 2014 SCWC collection (below).

In 2010 the hosts in Durban were the Umthombo street child project based in Durban that is predominantly run by former street children. Umthombo seeks to integrate children back into family units and to change the way street children are treated within South African society. For more details look at the page on Street Child World Cup Outcomes which includes a number of videos, together with The Durban Declaration and the Street Girls Manifesto at the end.


The Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Rio 2014

You’ll find an interesting overview, and some really good pictures at

For a summary of its impact, see: and look at a selection of videos from the 2014 SCWC collection (below).

Most last from 3 to 4 minutes, but the one about Team Tanzania is longer

Street champions take over Rio airport

Welcome to Rio

Team Philippines

Kick off – and Opening Ceremony

It’s more than a game

Team Tanzania (where you need to bypass the advert at the beginning). It’s 20 mins long but informative
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