Football for All in Cardiff
- Cardiff has not only welcomed stars from Juventus and Real Madrid this week; players of all abilities have been in the Welsh capital promoting other facets of our beloved sport.
- EDSO members include 40 countries with 50,000 athletes.
- Twenty different sports are represented, including football and futsal.
- At the UEFA Champions Festival, the Welsh national deaf team played one of the top Welsh futsal teams, Cardiff University Futsal Club. The choice to have a deaf team oppose hearing players was made to promote integration.
- The Homeless World Cup uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives, get out of isolation, and reconnect socially.
- 94% of players say that taking part has had a positive impact on their lives in terms of a feeling of belonging, challenge of working in a team, health-oriented attitude towards life, and self-esteem.
- At the UEFA Champions Festival, four mixed teams from Street Football Wales faced off in exhibition matches, actively supported by Brazilian football legend Cafu.
- The league welcomes asylum seekers and refugee players in and around Cardiff, the majority of them on minimum benefits.
- The spirit behind the Welsh Refugees League is to foster community cohesion and integration, and give players a chance to play football in a structured environment. It has so far produced 25 qualified Level 1 coaches, six 11-a-side referees and two futsal referees.
- New regional five-a-side tournaments have been set up for developed refugee teams. Winners of these tournaments – Newport, Cardiff and Swansea – played in a national final at the UEFA Champions Festival.