~ A step closer to represent the country at the World Finals in Brazil and meet their idol Neymar Jr.
Goakhabar: Neymar Jr.’s Five, a globally established five-on-five football tournament organized by energy drink giant Red Bull kicked off the city qualifiers in Goa at Campal Ground, Panaji on 28th January 2018. The city qualifier witnessed 32 teams giving their best. SFX Bhatpal Canacona beat FC Divar in the Golden Goal (1vs1) after 0-0 full time to grab a place and represent Goa in the national finals in March.
SFX Bhatpal Canacona beat Xtream 1-0 in the semifinal round on their way to the finals while FC Divar
defeated 5 Tomatoes in the other semi-finals by a 1-0 margin.
Neymar Jr’s Five 2018 city qualifiers are taking place across 14 cities in the country including Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Delhi, Aizawl, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi and Shillong. The winning teams will then compete at the Neymar Jr’s Five national finals in March 2018 for a chance to make it to the Neymar Jr’s Five 2018 World Finals in Brazil in July. It is the biggest 5-a-side football tournament in the country in-terms of locations & participants.
Neymar Jr’s Five gives football lovers across India a chance to use their street skills to carve their path to glory, and a chance to represent the country in Brazil. The tournament organised by Red Bull has a unique, fast-paced format. Neymar Jr’s Five sees two teams of five players, sans a goalkeeper, have 10 minutes to strut their stuff and win a chance to impress Neymar Jr. The twist in this thrilling affair is that for each goal scored by a team, a member of the opposition will have to leave the field. The team with the maximum players take the spoils. The winner is the team with most players on the field (goals) after 10 minutes or if all players are eliminated. If both teams score equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn. Each team must have participants of the age 16-25 and 2 players can be older than 25 years. The Golden Goal (1vs1) will only apply in the knockout stages when the match is drawn. One player from each team plays against each other (1vs1) until a goal is scored.
The inaugural edition of Neymar’s signature football tournament featured more than 65,000 people taking part across 6 continents and 47 countries. Over 100,000 players from 53 countries battled for a spot in the Neymar Jr’s Five 2017 World Finals last year set out in the hope of making it all the way from the qualifiers to the World Final in July at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil and won by Romania. Hyderabad Sporting FC had lifted the Neymar Jr’s Five 2017 national champion trophy in a field of more than 2000 teams from 12 cities and travelled to Brazil for the World Finals.