The second edition of Neymar Jr’s Five kicked-off in Pakistan with the registration process that was met with an overwhelming response with young budding football enthusiast registering their teams from all corners of the country. The registration process has now ended and will be followed by the Qualifiers Round where teams from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar will compete with the hope to represent their city at the National Finals on the 23rd of April in Islamabad. The team that wins the National Finals will then head to Brazil where national winning teams from various countries, 53 including Pakistan to be exact, will ensemble at Neymar Jr’s Instituto Projeto in Praia Grande, Brazil to win the global championship title.
Neymar Jr’s Five made an instant impact in its debut year in 2016, with more than 10,000 teams and 65,000 players in 47 countries, including Pakistan, vying for overall victory in the world’s biggest five-a-side football tournament. This time it will be bigger than ever, with regional qualifiers in 53 countries, including Pakistan, and a rule change giving more players the chance to compete. The 2017 tournament is again open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, but for the first time two over-aged players are allowed as part of each squad.
In order to take part in the tournament you have to first register your team at www.neymarjrsfive.com. Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament which pits two 5-a-side teams in 10-minute matches, with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposing team loses a player, paving the way for fast, tactical, and technical showdowns. 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.
Brazil’s Anjos da Bola, the 2016 Neymar Jr’s Five World Champions, were rewarded with a VIP trip to Barcelona, where they got to spend time with Neymar Jr himself at the FC Barcelona training ground. “Meeting the winners was incredible!” said Neymar Jr. “Now I can’t wait to see who makes it through to the 2017 World Final at my Instituto in Brazil.”
Neymar Jr’s Five fact file:
- 10,000 teams took part in the first edition in 2016
- Ghosts FC from Peshawar were crowned Neymar Jr’s Five Pakistan Champion 2016 and represented Pakistan at the World Finals in Brazil last year
- Altogether, more than 65,000 players were registered worldwide
- Tournaments took place in a total of 47 countries in 6 continents
- Regional winners go through to their national final. National winners go through to the Neymar Jr’s Five World Final.
- The 2016 final took place at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil
- The 2016 World Champions were ‘Anjos da Bola’ – Angels of the Ball – aged 20-22 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- The 2017 final will again be played at the home of the Neymar Jr at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in July
About Neymar Jr’s Five
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament – and a truly global phenomenon. Across six continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute 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. More than 65,000 players from 47 countries signed up to play in the first year of Neymar Jr’s Five and 2017 promises to be even bigger. This year’s tournament is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, and for the first time two over-aged players are allowed in the squad. The teams will set out with the hope of making it all the way from the qualifiers, to their national final and on to the World Final in July 2017, at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil. 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!
About Neymar Jr’s Five Pakistan 2017
– Registrations closed
– Qualifiers Round:
Karachi: April 14-16. Venue: Karachi United Football Club, St 20, Block 1, scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi.
Lahore: April 14-16. Venue: Plot Number 2A – E2 Gulberg Lahore
Islamabad: April 21-22. Venue: Total Football Chakshehzad (Near Comsats University)
National Finals: April 23. Venue: Total Football Chakshehzad (Near Comsats University)