Heart to participate in Street Soccer tournament

Melbourne Heart FC is entering a small-sided team for the Big Issue Street Soccer tournament to be held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Melbourne Heart FC is entering a small-sided team for The Big Issue Street Soccer tournament to be held at Sydney-s Darling Harbour.

Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn and the Club-s National Youth League coach Joe Palatsides will travel to Sydney tomorrow with six of the Club's National Youth League train-on players for the tournament.

The Big Issue Street Football Festival is a free annual event which promotes social inclusion and celebrates the life-changing power of sport.

The festival is run by The Big Issue, a not-for-profit organisation that tackles homelessness through initiatives including a street magazine and a national street soccer program for homeless and disadvantaged people.

The third annual festival includes competitions for corporate and government agency teams, junior players and participants from The Big Issue-s Community Street Soccer Program, which brings together disadvantaged men and women from around the country.

More than 1000 football enthusiasts from all walks of life will play in over 300 games from January 18-28.

For the first time, the A-League-s rising stars will also go head-to-head in a new tournament for U21s from Melbourne Heart FC, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar and the Australian Institute of Sport.

The third annual festival will be held on a purpose-built floating football pitch at Darling Harbour from January 18-28.

More than 1000 participants will take part in over 300 matches during 11 days of competition.

The festival brings together football players from all walks of life including media personalities, politicians, A-League youth, corporate and government agency teams and junior players.

The festival also includes the National Championships of The Big Issue-s Community Street Soccer Program, bringing together disadvantaged men and women from around the country.