Irish Homeless Street Leagues
Founded in 2004, IHSL is a volunteer driven non profit organisation that uses the power of sport to transform the lives of people who have found themselves affected by social exclusion.
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what we do
OUR primary target groups
All Ireland Finals
This annual tournament brings together teams from our nationwide leagues. 240 players participate in this very special one day event. Team & player awards are presented (by special guests) validating the hard work and commitment of the participants throughout the year. We also use this occasion to select a panel of players from which the team to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup is chosen.
Homeless World Cup
HWC is a World Class Tournament with over 50 countries participating. Players representing Ireland are selected not just for their footballing ability. Their commitment to our training programmes, positive attitude, teamwork, discipline, health and wellbeing play a role in their selection. These are the attributes that empowers them to move on in life. Representing their country is validation of that and is life changing.
We have had many success stories from people reconnecting with their families, going back to work, furthering their education and graduating from college. Giving back to their communities by becoming mentors to a new generation and sharing their life journey with others.
Statistics from participants who compete in the annual Homeless World Cup state
More About Us
At the IHSL we believe ‘A Ball Can Change A Life’. Through our nationwide leagues we create positive change by motivating, inspiring and developing people who have experienced homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse, or are ex-offenders, long term unemployed and refugees. This results in increased positive outcomes which challenge the stigma and perceptions often related to people with these social issues.
We are delivering social change in Ireland.
“It’s about changing lives, creating opportunities and participating in life so nobody has to stand on the sidelines watching life pass them by”
Founder and Chairman of Irish Homeless Street Leagues