Celebrating the power of football to create social change around the world
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, 32 teams of young people from disadvantaged communities across the globe came to Johannesburg for a festival of education, culture and football organised by FIFA, streetfootballworld, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa and the City of Johannesburg.
The participating boys and girls were all members of organisations which tackle social issues using football – from homelessness in the UK and landmines in Cambodia, to HIV/AIDS education in South Africa and integration of refugees in Australia. These are just some of the organisations that are part of the Football for Hope movement.
These young people were chosen because of their commitment to building a better future in their own communities. During the festival they took part in a two-week programme of workshops, exchanges and cultural experiences – culminating in a football tournament played in front of thousands of spectators in a specially-constructed stadium in Alexandra township, one of South Africa’s most economically disadvantaged communities.
The Football for Hope Festival 2010 was an official event of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and fully integrated into the operations of the competition. The participants, coordinators, staff, volunteers, performers and spectators were all part of something unique – an event that brought the idea of development through football onto the biggest sporting stage in the world.