Favela United is the leading organisation in Mozambique in the field of football for social change. Over the passed years we changed and impacted the lives of 2.000,00+ young people throughout the country together with our local partner organisations.
Life is hard and opportunities are limited in the bairro’s (slums) of Mozambique, even more so for children. Formal and long-term employment is very hard to come by and many people are forced to earn a living from whatever opportunity presents itself. Parents find it difficult to provide for their children and give them opportunities to flourish. Lack of education further limits their opportunities.  In the communities of Maputo, like bairro da Polana Caniço and maxaquene,  many children grow up around (domestic) violence. Girls face even greater obstacles – the number of girls attending elementary school drops with each higher grade. Children from the Bairro often suffer from marginalisation and stigmatisation due to their perceived inferiority within society.



Not having many sports opportunities amounts to missing some of the best parts of youth and adolescence. Through sports children explore, invent and create. They also develop social skills, learn to express their emotions and gain confidence about their own capabilities. In addition to missing an elemental experience of childhood, these kids also lack the developmental benefits attributed to organized sports such as: social development, physical health and wellness, skills based education, increased academic performance, inactivity health issues and the development of personal characteristics such as leadership, community building, conflict resolution, social inclusions, cultural and social sensitivity.


Sport has some unique features to contribute to development.

Individuals everywhere are interested in sports, regardless of background, age, race, religion, gender or status. It thus provides a way to reach the Bairro youth, which are usually harder to reach. They can easily be involved, sport is visible and accessible, it offers role models and it contains intrinsic values that play an important role in society. Sports can thus be a source of inspiration, but also an effective tool in combatting social problems.
“Sports has the power to change the world”
Nelson Mandela



Favela United is developing three main activities in order to achieve its goals:

Life Captains Program “Capitães da Vida”
Use football as a learning tool to change young lives and give them the basic skills, knowledge and opportunities to become, champions of their own destiny. The FU Life Captain methodology runs like a thread through our program. By incorporating the use of soft skills in our daily football training program we trigger the minds of youth to progressively make positive changes for themselves and to acquire the knowledge and tools to make a difference for their own future. The program includes weekly educational workshops together with our local partner organisations on Life skills education, youth leadership, team building, SRHR education and environment awareness.

Maputo United FFC:
Give the opportunity to young boys and girls to have a professional experience and the possibility of developing their skills to become a football professional. Intensive training program in combination with a strong focus on monitoring the social personnel development progress on and off the pitch. Youth also participating in LIFE CAPTAINS Program. The coaches/mentors have a strong relationship with the families and schools of the youth. Three times a year the youth receives a personnel development report during family visits from our coaches. The two youth teams (U15 and U17) playing in the highest youth competition of Mozambique.
Inclusive Sport Events:
Inclusive events related with big sports events, such the World Cup, to give a more impactful experience to those who participate on our programs and to other participants of the event.



Presentation skills @ Life Captains workshop
Girls Team in Polana Caniço Community
Inclusive youth tournament




Football for change

Copa Favela United