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    The Bay Area chapter of Street Soccer USA is hosting a tournament in San Francisco for teams comprised of homeless players.

    The nationwide nonprofit brings its event to downtown San Francisco on July 16 and 17, which is the third and final leg of the Street Soccer USA Cup 2016 series. 

    There is space for 64 four-person teams, aged six to adult, to compete in four 15-minute matches in a stadium built in Union Square for the occasion, which is open to public viewing.

    “Using sports to effect social change is a large part of what we do, and this program helps a very vulnerable population. We’ve really made it a priority," Phil Ginsberg, director of San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department, which is sponsoring the event in part, told SFGate.

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