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The Street Soccer USA National Cup will be held July 20-22, 2013 in New York City. It is an annual event held for homeless or formerly homeless individuals to play competitive soccer.

There are 20 cities throughout the U.S. that have Street Soccer programs. Each one has a chance to represent the United States at the Homeless World Cup, which will be held August 10-18 in Poznan, Poland. This year’s cup will host 64 countries, 48 are involved in the men’s competition, and 16 in the women’s competition.

There is also a SSUSA West Coast Cup, where teams are competing to be “the best in the bay!”

This is the time for the Arlington Tigers to get ready for the National Cup in New York. Even though I am no longer with the team I started, I still care.

The goal of Street Soccer USA is to use soccer as a tool to help homeless men and women change their lives. As reported by SSUSA, 75 percent of participants connect with jobs and further education or employment within a year of joining.

The Tigers started their practice last Tuesday and they practice every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm at Jennie Dean Park. The team can use some help.

Please call A-SPAN if you can help. (703) 820-4357.