2018 Street Child World Cup, Moscow
We are proud to announce the 9 girls representing Team Philippines at the 2018 Street Child World Cup!
Team Philippines will join 11 other countries (12 total) sending a girls team for the Street Child World Cup, flying out from the Philippines on May 9 and arriving in Moscow, Russia, May 10. The Street Child World Cup will run until May 18, with Team Philippines arriving back in the country on May 19. We are happy Team Philippines is well represented with players from across the country. Team Philippines really brings together the variety of experiences these girls have had in Luzon, Mindanao, and the Visayas areas.
There will also be 12 boys teams, totaling 24 teams in all. The 12 teams of the girls will be drawn into 4 groups of 3, with the top 2 teams in each group advancing to the Quarter Finals. The Philippines are hoping to go one step further than their showing last time round in Brazil, 2014, when we reached the Final, only losing to hosts Brazil 1-0. The Street Child World Cup isn’t just about the football though. For 2018, Team Philippines plays for the motto: when we show we care, everybody wins. Team Philippines wants to show that social issues like homelessness, poverty, childhood trauma, addiction, and many more are actually cheaper to solve than to ignore. When we genuinely care about the children around us, in communities like the ones the girls in Team PH have grown up in, we begin to see them not as poor children to receive handouts, but as investments. Children who will give back to far more than they get. The Training Camp is almost over now and it has been intense, challenging, and fun. You can see highlights from the first 21 days in the video at the top of this page.
For more information, Contact Us about Team Philippines.
We also want to thank our fantastic sponsors who have made it possible for us to come this far:
NIVEA are sponsoring the major costs for Team Philippines to join and compete in the 2018 Street Child World Cup. Together we hope to show that when we care for families from the streets and the slums, we all win.
The Kulczyk Foundation are a Polish group support our sports facilities in Payatas, as well as sponsoring University Scholarships for Team Philippines and their Head Coach!
2014 Street Child World Cup, Rio
Fairplay took management of Team Philippines for the 2014 Street Child World Cup and onwards. The experience was challenging, fun, exhausting, and inspiring all at once.
9 boys and 9 girls came from different communities all across the Philippines to represent the country. The boys reached the Quarter Finals, losing on penalties to Pakistan. Meanwhile the girls defeated every opponent on the way to the Final against hosts Brazil. A narrow 1-0 loss meant the girls had to settle for silver.
Most importantly half of the children now have scholarships through football at University, courtesy of their home organisation. Others are working and others are still in High School preparing for University.
A huge thank you to our 2014 Major Sponsors