National partner profile: Chile


Men and women who are socially disadvantaged, and prisoners.


200 locations across Chile

Futbol Calle


Futbol Calle (Street Football), an initiative started by football marketing agency Acción Total, is a network of street football projects that creates opportunities to deliver psycho-social development to men and women across Chile through sport. Based on a participatory and inclusive approach for vulnerable participants, it uses football as a platform for personal development.

Their programme is backed by former Chilean football star, Ivan Zamorano.

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Mission statement


Futbol Calle aims to provide psychological support and access to services to socially disadvantaged people throughout the country.

"This is the result of a joint effort, to follow our convictions and deepest certainty that sport is a great social tool.” Cecilia Morel, First Lady of Chile.

Goals for the future


To take part in in national tournaments, such as the Street Football National Championship

Additional information

Football Activities

Futbol Calle conduct training sessions across Chile for those on the streets as well as in prisons. They run at least three national tournaments a year and participate in international tournaments.

Team selection

Every year Futbol Calle run a national tour with trial tournaments in major cities. They select both a men’s and a women’s team.

Non-football services

Futbol Calle run a job network and offer other support in order to connect players with potential employers.

Participants challenges

Players typically come from a background of poverty and unemployment, are involved in and affected by gang violence, or are immigrants.

Country challenges

Although Chile is one of the most prosperous countries in South America by GDP, it has very high levels of income inequality, and barely 20% of citizens have incomes equal to those found in developed countries (COHA, 2011). Violence against women is a prevalent problem that forces many women to leave their homes (Santiago Times, 2013).

Homlessness definition

The Ministry of Social Development (2012) defines two categories of homeless people. The first one includes people who stay in public or private places without an infrastructure that can be characterized as housing. This excludes families and individuals living in camps. The second category includes people who lack fixed secure and adequate housing for the night, and who find shelter in places run by public or private entities.

Homelessness Statistics

More than 12,000 people are homeless in Chile, 5,500 of whom live in Santiago (Santiago Times, 2014).


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