Australia

The Big Issue Australia

An initiative of The Big Issue Australia, Community Street Soccer operates in 18 locations throughout the country, covering all states and territories.

This project is a fun and exciting initiative of The Big Issue that uses the power of sport to change lives.

Community Street Soccer promote social inclusion and personal change for participants by providing support and promoting participation, inclusiveness, commitment, and team spirit.

Participants

Homeless, marginalised, and disadvantaged men and women

Locations

18 locations covering all Australian states, and two correctional facilities in Victoria

Homelessness Statistics

2.55
million people live below the poverty line
603,000
children live below the poverty line

In 2011/12, 2.55 million people (13.9% of the population) and 603,000 children (17.7% of all children) were living below the poverty line. The rate of poverty is higher amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the social gap between indigenous and non-indigenous populations is high, making the indigenous people more vulnerable to social exclusion and homelessness (ACOSS, 2014)