MANILA, Philippines – Neymar Jr.’s Five, the Brazilian star’s signature five-a-side tournament, is back in the Philippines for the second year in a row. The tournament will gather players from every corner of the world in a fast, technical, and fun competition that celebrates their shared passion for football!
The rules are simple: each match lasts for ten intense minutes of play. There is no goalkeeper and the moment a team scores, the opposition loses a player. The only way to win is to outplay them all!
During last year’s Neymar Jr.’s Five, Daniel Matsunaga led the Philippine Team, Team Naxional, at the global finals in Brazil. Team Naxional went head-to-head against 53 teams from other countries, but in the end, Romania emerged victorious.
Footballer Anton Del Rosario is helping to whip into shape this year’s instalment of Neymar Jr.’s Five. “Neymar Jr.’s Five brings a different level and style of play to the people. This is what the country needs, a twist from the norm. Not only that though, it shows that football is not only played on large fields”.
In addition, renowned football coach, Hans Smit, will serve as tournament director. “It’s a unique kind of tournament that keeps the interest in football alive for everybody else. I’m very sure that we will see more participants every year, and hopefully get the whole nation involved.”
The Neymar Jr.’s Five is open to players between ages of 16 – 25, with two slots per team available to players over 25-years-old.
“Do not play your ordinary game” shares tournament director, Hans Smith, “Figure out your tactics, because this is a fast game. It’s not that easy- you’re going to need to use your brains to figure out how to play this tactically.”
Registrations are now open! Filipino players (both male and mixed squads allowed) will compete for their chance to play on Neymar Jr.’s home turf at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr., in Praia Grande, Brazil for the Global Finals.
NEYMAR JR.’S FIVE EVENT SCHEDULE
- April 8th // Blue Pitch // Makati City // MNL Qualifier A
- April 14th // SPARTA // Mandaluyong City // MNL Qualifier B
- April 15th // Cebu City // CEB Qualifier (3rd Party)
- April 21st // Turf BGC // Finals
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About Neymar Jr’s Five
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian star’s signature five-a-side tournament bringing players aged 16 to 25 from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion: football. It is a fast, technical and fun competition. More than 60 countries from 6 continents will be hosting tournament qualifiers, where players will compete with the same dream of making it through the qualifiers, to their national final to book a ticket to the World Final, which will be celebrated for the third time at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.
About Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr
The location of the World Final, Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr, is a private, non-profit association dedicated to social causes, set up by Neymar Jr and his family. It is located in Jardim Glória, in Praia Grande, where Neymar Jr spent much of his childhood. The Institute is an 8,400m2 education and sporting complex catering for 2,470 underprivileged children aged 7-14 and their families.