Research 6 months after the international tournament demonstrates a consistent, significant impact.
For example, after the Cape Town 2006 Homeless World Cup players report:
- 92% have a new motivation for life (342 players)
- 72% play football on regular basis (268 players)
- 89% have improved social relations (331 players)
- 73% have changed their lives for the better (272 players)
- 35% have secured regular employment (130 players)
- 44% have improved their housing situation (164 players)
- 39% chose to pursue education (145 players)
- 93 players addressed a drug or alcohol dependency
Statistics are just one story. The Homeless World Cup is full of players with courage, spirit and determination; players such as David Duke of Team Scotland. David played in 2004, came off alcohol, passed his coaching qualifications, and a HNC in Community Development. He became assistant coach for Scotland at the 2005 tournament, Head Coach in 2006, and led the team to victory as Team Manager in 2007. He now owns his own home.
The best goal scorer in 2004 Yevgen Adamenko (Ukraine) went on to play in a professional club in Ukraine. Maxim Mastitskij (Russia) studied social management to support the St. Petersburg street paper project â€œWay Home,â€ Slava (Russia) has his own appartment, a job in a factory and is engaged to be married. Tracy Ford (Australia) has been reunited with her family after completing drug rehabilitation.