Team Australia are organised by The Big Issue Australia. There are currently Street Soccer Programmes running in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Geelong, with The Big Issue in Australia developing programmes in 30 locations nationwide.
Organisation - The Big Issue Australia
The Community Street Soccer Program, known as Street Soccer, is a fun and exciting initiative of The Big Issue that uses the power of sport to change lives.Street Soccer promotes social inclusion and personal change for participants by providing support and promoting participation, inclusiveness, commitment and team spirit. The heart of Street Soccer is weekly training sessions held across Australia. Participants get together in a safe and non-threatening environment, allowing them to get fit, make new friends and seek support and advice. Their support staff also work closely with players, linking them to services that address issues including homelessness, substance abuse, family breakdown and mental illness. Through the program, they engage people who in many cases have given up on counselling and traditional support systems and services. Street Soccer puts the person at the centre of the solution and provides them with the support and tools necessary to make positive changes to their lives.
There are currently Street Soccer Programs running in: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Geelong with The Big Issue in Australia developing programs in thirty locations nationwide in the next three years. After a strong crowd support at the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup, they now cross the oceans to Italy for the 5th participation