From the minefields of Cambodia to the gangland streets of Colombia, 11 inspiring true tales of achievement through the world's most popular sport focused on 11 individuals, the book contains stories of how football can transform the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. Each chapter focuses on a different social issue, including drug and alcohol abuse, HIV, poverty, and gang crime, and how the power and popularity of the sport has inspired people to turn their lives around. They also tell how the Development through Football movement has emerged over the last 10 years.
Steve Fleming is cofounder and co-chief executive of Kick4Life, an organization that promotes development through football. Fabio Capello is a retired Italian footballer and current manager of the England national football team. streetfootballworld is a social profit organization that uses football to link those working in the field of development. Comprising more than 80 local initiatives worldwide, streetfootballworld develops approaches to social challenges by working with governments, businesses, and NGOs, and providing advice on development, investment, and business strategy.