Ney­mar Jr.'s Five Re­turns to Kuwait on April 29

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

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.ney­mar­jrs­

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.

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