The finals of the Irish Street League – which will see an International panel selected for the Homeless World Cup – will take place in Tallaght on Wednesday, April 26th.
The day will see 250 players from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Portlaoise, Galway, Longford and Waterford converge on the Postal Sports and Social Club on Kiltipper Road for what is set to be a phenomenal day of soccer.
The games start at 10am with the finals set to take place around 2pm, followed by the medal ceremonies and the presentation of the All-Ireland Club Trophy.
Coaches for both the women’s and men’s teams will be using the tournament to select a panel of players to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup, to be held in Oslo, Norway from August 29th to September 5th this year.
This is the first year that Ireland will send both a male and female team to represent Ireland at the Homeless World Cup.
The men’s team will be coached by former Blackburn Rovers and St Pat’s player, Tommy Moran who led the team to victory in Men’s Plate competition in 2016.
— Homeless St League (@IrishStLeague) July 18, 2016
Graham Tucker, who previously captained the Irish Homeless World Cup team will be at the helm for the ladies team as they bid to make an impact at the competition for the first time.
Graham led the Women’s National side in the Five Nations tournament in Belfast in September 2016, where they finished second in the competition.
Wednesday’s tournament in Tallaght will provide the players with a huge platform to showcase their talents in front of the national coaches and earn a place on the panel.
An array of high profile guests will be on the sidelines to enjoy the action with Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD, Father Peter McVerry, Brother Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Centre, representatives from the FAI, partners Arup and Irish Homeless Street League founder Sean Kavanagh all expected to attend.
More information about the leagues, the achievements of both teams and the upcoming competition can be found on the website www.irishstreetleague.com.