Neymar Jr.'s Five Returns to Kuwait on April 29
Neymar Jr.’s Five, since its launch in 2016, has proven to have a significant impact with tens of thousands of teams participating, vying for victory in the world’s largest five-a-side football tournament. This year it is back, bigger than ever, with 22,000 teams and 76,000 players from over 60 countries, including Kuwait.
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament – and a truly global phenomenon. Across 6 continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical – and unique in the world of football.
The 2018 tournament is again open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, with two overaged players allowed as part of each squad. Tens of thousands of players will set out with the hope of making it all the way from regional qualifiers to their national final and on to the World Final at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil. Neymar Jr. himself is dreaming too – of more success with FC Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil in 2018, and a long-term future in the country that excites him most.
Neymar Jr. expressed his excitement about the upcoming tournament saying “I hope you are as excited as I am to get out there and outplay as many teams as possible. Gather your team, sign up and I hope to see you and your friends in Brazil”.
The qualifiers in Kuwait will occur over a span of five days; April 29 – 30 at Hassan Abul Sports Center and May 1- 3 at Boulevard. 16 teams will then head to the final on May 4, also at Boulevard. Teams can now sign up to participate in one of these qualifiers by visiting www.neymarjrsfive.com
The winning team from Kuwait will head to the World Final in Brazil on July 21 to battle it out against over 60 other countries and outplay them all. It will be held at Neymar’s Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. in Praia Grande, an organization aimed at providing extracurricular educational and sporting activities to the most socially disadvantaged children and their families in the area.
Neymar Junior’s Five Kuwait qualifier is sponsored by Intersport, Platinum, Talabat, and Acqua Eva. Media partner, Kuwait Times, will cover this popular event.
About Neymar Jr’s Five
Outplay them all - Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian star’s signature five-a-side tournament bringing players from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion: football. It is a fast, technical and fun competition, played in more than 60 countries around the world, including Neymar Jr’s home country Brazil, and France, where he plays with Paris Saint-Germain.
The rules? Simple. Each match lasts 10 intense minutes, there’s no goalkeeper and whenever a team scores, the opposition loses a player. You need to outplay them all! The tournament is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25. In each team two players over 25 are allowed in the squad as well.
In 2017, over 100,000 players from 53 countries battled it out to be crowned World Champions, with Romania coming out victorious. Neymar Jr’s Five 2018 is set to be even bigger and more players than ever will get the chance to experience this beautiful game, as there’ll also be women's competitions in addition to the mixed competition in some countries.
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.
The 2018 World Champions will win the experience of a lifetime, with the chance to play against Neymar Jr himself in Brazil and meeting him again in Paris.
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.