On Saturday, February 18th 2017, 6 teams squared off for in the Qualifier A matches for the Neymar Jr’s Five. The afternoon saw many exciting matches, including the semi-final contest between Kidzania and Laro, which saw the latter taking the win with a score of 4:0.
Team Captain Anton Del Rosario commented, “The qualifier today was a great time. Had to learn the game and adjust tactics as we were all new to it. Amazing that Red Bull has gotten involved in the football scene. It’s something we need more of.”
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament which pits five-a-side teams in head-to-head in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player. It’s fast, technical, and tactical.
In total, four teams have made it to the March 4’s finals, including El Retiro, Kidzania and Underground Football.
Team Leader, Kevin James Olayvar of Underground enjoyed the challenge of Neymar Jr’s Five, commenting, “This is entirely different but still has the real essence of typical football. It was intense and heart pumping! It was hard to go against another team when you’re a man down, makes you think whether you should attack or just stay in defense the entire game and wait for them to make mistakes.”
A number of teams are scheduled for Qualifier B for what’s expected to another exciting round as we get closer to the finals.
Qualifier B will happen this coming Saturday, February 25th in SPARTA Philippines, in Mandaluyong; with the finals taking place the Saturday after, March 4th, 2017. Registrations are open until Thursday, February 23rd at 5:00PM.
Sign your team up now – and who knows, you could soon be playing on Neymar Jr’s home turf. Dare to dream, and outplay them all!