How it works


First and most importantly, thanks for joining the World United Virtual Run. You are making a positive difference in our mission to fight global homelessness. Registration is FREE, simply select a run, from 1K for kids, 3K and 5K and keep an eye on your inbox and our socials for regular updates.

2. pick your team

Sign up as a group of friends, work colleagues or club supporters. Select the football club you support and wear your football shirt with pride during your run. If you don’t support a Football Club simply select World United as your club.

3. run

World United Virtual is all fun and no stress. Run at any location, at any pace, inside or outside anywhere in the world on April 27th-28th 2024. You can run, jog, swim, cycle or walk on the road, trail, track or on the treadmill.


Submit evidence from your run by simply sharing a photo of you and your friends wearing your “Champion for Change” medal on social media and remember to tag us. #worldunited5k. Receive extra reward points for completing your run that you can redeem in our marketplace saving up to 50% on merch.

EVENT DATE: 27th & 28th april 2024

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More than just a medal

1.2 million


100% entry fee

goes to charity

More than 70

member countries

94% HWCF participants

had a positive impact on their lives

Yoo's Story

Dalwoo Yoo, a 23-year-old South Korean player, recently completed his remarkable journey at the Homeless World Cup, standing still with a grin as his newfound global football friends signed his cherished national jersey.

Growing up in an orphanage, Dalwoo developed a love for football and various sports. Despite facing challenges such as a lack of traditional family support and an injury that required surgery, he persevered.

His path to the Homeless World Cup began when he reconnected with his high school coach, who was now the coach of the South Korea Homeless World Cup team. This connection led to Dalwoo’s selection and participation in the tournament, where he embraced the positive impact of meeting people from different nations and experiencing diverse cultures.

While achieving his football dream, Dalwoo holds a deeply heartfelt ambition to open a bakery. He fondly remembers the “bread of love” shared with him by local people during his time at the orphanage. His dream is to open a bakery, share bread at Christmas with homeless individuals, and spread the same love and kindness that he once received as a child.

Shilpi's Story

Shilpi Yanti, a resident of the Jatayu area in Bandung, the city of her birth and upbringing, lives in a densely populated neighborhood with modest homes, each separated by just a wall. The area lacks open spaces for activities, and Shilpi resides with her parents and three younger siblings. As the eldest, she has been selling sports hijabs since 2019 to support their daily needs.

Shilpi’s journey to represent Indonesia in the Homeless World Cup Sacramento began with her participation in the selection program by Rumah Cemara. 

She was chosen as the goalkeeper for the Indonesian national team. Since joining the team, she has engaged in three weekly training sessions, where she learned street football techniques, strategies, and rules specific to the Sacramento 2023 Homeless World Cup.

Shilpi also maintains her fitness with regular exercises and is learning English to communicate with people from around the world in Sacramento. Shilpi’s pride and joy in representing her country on the international stage are boundless and beyond her wildest dreams.


In 2020, Valerij received the sudden news that he had cancer, not only one type of cancer but three.

He was in shock and feared the worse, as a recovering addict his first thought was to reach for a drink, to allow him the opportunity to run away from his problems.

Instead, his friends and team mates at FK Feniksas (FC Phoenix) told him to face up to his problems and go to the hospital.

After several chemotherapy treatments, including losing all of his hair and losing 12kg, Valerij made a full recovery. According to statistics in the country, only 3% of sufferers recover like Valerij did.

He knows how lucky he is and through football and being a part of the Homeless World Cup’s Member Country in Lithuania and being part of a team which gives him love and support, he found the strength to return to life and not to run away from it.

The Sacramento 2023 Homeless World Cup will be Valerij’s moment to look back on his journey and be proud of everything he’s acheived.


Simply click on the register now button. It free and easy to register.

Virtual running operates similarly to traditional running, with the key distinction being that you can complete your run at a location of your choice, at your preferred time, and at your own pace. All that’s required is to choose a race and submit proof of your participation.

100% of all monies generated through merchandise sales goes to supporting the Homeless World Cup Foundation which uses football to end homelessness. For more information please visit

Medals are sent 7-10 days prior to the event start date.

Your registration includes the free entry for the virtual run and the opportunity to buy “Champion for Change” medal and limited edition shirt which you will receive 7-10 days prior to the event. 

Simply sharing a photo of you and your friends wearing your champions medal on social media and remember to tag us. #worldunited5k. Receive reward points for completing your run that you can redeem in our marketplace saving up to 50%. If you don’t have social media simply email your photo to with your bib number and full name.

No, you may wear your favourite running shirt. The football shirt is suggested as it helps to build competition amongst the clubs and the fans. If you do not have a football shirt you can buy the World United top for £14.99 click here or you can find competitively priced football tops at our partner’s website

Yes, we ship “Champion for Homeless” medal and your race bib number worldwide. Worldwide shipping costs are £6.95

Having both Saturday and Sunday as race days gives you complete freedom to run when it’s best for you. You’re helping others by running so we want the race to be as easy & convenient for you as possible.


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