The U.S. players are selected based on their personal achievements, ability on the field, and leadership qualities. They come from cities all across the United States, with many of them never having played together before the tournament begins.
Both squads came in fourth in their first and second round standings, with the men earning a place in the Men’s Globe competition. They came in third in their bracket, placing them 35th overall. The women played for the women’s Homeless World Cup trophy, but unfortunately fell early to Chile and ended the tournament in 8th place overall.
The Best Women’s Coach award went to the USA’s Lisa Wrightsman, whose own story has helped inspired many of her players. A player herself in 2010, Lisa explained: “It changed my idea of what life could be like. The acceptance, the joy, meeting new people from different cultures with similar stories to mine. Everyone on the team met new friends and was doing better in life due to the love and inclusion of football.”
Team USA 2016 (Men’s)
|Jairo Tiempos Garcia||Player|
Team USA 2016 (Women’s)
|Kowsar Ali Abshir||Player|
Street Soccer USA is a registered non-profit organisation that promotes and develops a national network of Sport for Development programs based in social service agencies across the country. SSUSA creates positive community through sports around youth and adults who are homeless, dramatically transforming the context in which participants live from one of isolation and marginalization to one of support and encouragement.