United Kingdom

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Hosts of the Street Child World Cup

Street Child United

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The UN estimates that there are 150 million street-connected children across the world today. Life on the streets is dangerous - instead of receiving support these children are often blamed for their circumstances and, as a result, marginalised and mistreated.


Street Child United believes in a world in which street children have access to the same rights as all other children. It is a world in which they are protected, supported and given opportunities to realise their potential. Street Child United provides a global platform through which children receive protection, support and opportunities. Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting competitions, it organises international events and places street children at the centre of the call for their rights. It uses the power of sport, the arts and children’s voices to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children.


Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, 230 former street children from 19 countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the tournament. Again, ahead of Russia 2018, more than 200 young people from 20 countries came together in Moscow.

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