World Class
Comeback

Bill

Pride

Bill is Canada’s Homeless World Cup team coach, but he’s not just that—he’s a living example that anyone can become homeless, and that any homeless person can make a comeback. A one-time professional soccer player who was on the field for Team Canada at the 1986 World Cup, Bill lost everything after many years of an addiction to painkillers. He became involved with Street Soccer Canada in 2007 and, since then, has been one of the organization’s leaders on the world stage.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Host City of the 2015 Homeless World Cup

Homeless World Cup

“I’m not an authority figure. I’m not a cop or a shelter manager. Every day of their lives, these people live by rules and regulations. I bring soccer. And they share their stories with me because I’m somebody who knows what they’re going through.” — Bill

The Road to Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015

Street Soccer Canada has sent a team to the Homeless World Cup since 2004. Involving participants from 70 different countries, the annual event brings awareness to the global issues of poverty and homelessness. This September, the games will kick off in Amsterdam.

As he does each year, Bill will pick a handful of players to wear the Canadian jersey at the Homeless World Cup. Their spot on the team is earned through a commitment to the Street Soccer community.

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Amsterdam

Read

Read Dave Bidini’s book Home and Away, which follows Bill and the team to the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia

Watch

Check out Street Soccer Canada in action at the 2014 Homeless World Cup in Santiago, Chile.