“My first dream is to play in the World Cup. And the second dream is to win it”

Diego Armando Maradona

The Dream World Cup is the futsal world championship for people with mental health problems. The first editions took place in Japan, in 2016 and in Italy in 2018. The next edition will take place in Peru: it was initially scheduled in 2020, but then postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.

 The Dream World Cup is not only a big sport event, but has social and scientific values too. Teams from different Countries play together, fighting the stigma and those prejudices regarding mental health problems and encouraging the use of futsal as a therapy for psychiatric rehabilitation.


Help us keeping this project alive! Organising such an event as the Dream World Cup requires energies and efforts and every help is welcomed. You can contribute to fight the stigma still existing around mental illness and help our friends make their dream come true. Your donation can make a difference!


Dream World Cup 2018 Press Conference

Dream World Cup 2018 Press Conference

On Tuesday, May 8th ECOS is holding a press conference in in the Auditorium Hall of the CONI's Palazzo delle Federazioni. The aim is to officially present the second edition of the Dream World Cup, the World Futsal Championship for psychiatric patients. After the...

“Ordinary Heroes” for the Dream World Cup

“Ordinary Heroes” for the Dream World Cup

Last Saturday, around 60 people with mental health problems gathered in Rome to pursue their dream and try to be part of the Italian national team. “Ordinary Heroes” was partner of the initiative, with its coloured t-shirts.

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The International Football Committee on Mental health is the body promoting the Dream World Cup and is chaired by the Italian psychiatrist Santo Rullo.

ECOS Europe is a network of experts established to foster social, economic and sustainable development.


Dream World Cup is realised with the contribution of FIGC – Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio