Football for Hope Festival
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Football has become a vital instrument for hundreds of social development programmes run by private and community-based organisation around the world. These programmes are providing children and young people with valuable tools that make a difference to their lives, while contributing to positive social development on a global scale by addressing the most pressing issues in each community.

To contribute to building a better future in the Host Cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, FIFA and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (LOC) promoted the use of football as a tool for social development through FIFA’s well established global Football for Hope initiative.

Football for Hope Festival 2014
The highlight of 2014 was the Football for Hope Festival 2014, which took place from 2 July to 10 July in Caju, Rio de Janeiro. The Festival brings together 32 delegations of young representatives from Football for Hope-supported organisations. The participants were chosen due to their great leadership potential and to the contributions they have made towards building a better future through football in their respective communities.

The projects they help to run are tackling a variety of social issues, from homelessness in the UK and landmines in Laos, to HIV/AIDS education in South Africa and responsible citizenship in Brazil. During the festival, they will had the opportunity to exchange best practices, play football and enjoy the FIFA World Cup together.

The festival’s programme included an array of cultural and educational activities for the delegations, culminating in a football tournament, where mixed teams competed without referees. Any disagreements on the pitch will be resolved through dialogue, a method proven to encourage personal development and mutual understanding.

This official event of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ will be open to the public from from 7-10 July. Come and support Caju and the other teams from around the world!

Football for Hope Programme support
Once a year, organisations eligible for Football for Hope support can apply for funding for one of their programmes. Selected organisations become part of a growing community of grassroots organisations that use football as a tool for social development.

In January, FIFA announced financial support of 1.05m USD for 2014, distributed among 26 community-based programmes in Brazil. Across the world, a total of 108 football-related social development programmes will benefit from FIFA’s financial support this year for a total amount of 3.1m USD.

Football for Hope Forum 2013
The Football for Hope Forum is a unique opportunity for the world’s leading professionals in the field of social development through football to interact and exchange experience. It brings a broad range of organisations together, from grassroots organisations working at community level to sports governing bodies, global corporations and development institutions. The aim of the forum is to find solutions to common challenges, develop innovations and promote the use of football as a tool for social development globally.

The Football for Hope Forum 2013 took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from 26 to 29 June 2013. It brought together 200 leaders and activists from 50 countries to discuss and exchange best practice on how to best use the power of football as a tool for social development.