This weekend in Kampot, the garden resort Villa Vedici is organising a futsal tournment.
The tournament, in its second edition, is in response to the growing interest in grassroots football in the Kingdom.
“The popularity of football is increasing throughout Cambodia and this event is an adequate response to the growing appetite for the sport,” the organisers said in a statement.
“The Tiger Street Football tournament is already well-known and has been running for a couple of years now, and Villa Vedici hopes to reach the same status with its futsal tournament.”
The event is organised especially for local underprivileged children.
“With the help of donations and sponsorships from local businesses, the tournament makes it possible for those who normally can’t afford to take part in such an event able to participate,” according to the statement .
Of the 32 teams, about 50 per cent are local, sponsored by local businesses. There are also teams from Phnom Penh as well as international and tourist teams.
“In the end, the tournament contains a great mix of highly motivated Cambodian and international players which will surely result in some exiting futsal matches,” Villa Vedici says.
The Dutch family who manages the resort are looking to expand the tournament in the coming years.
“The long-term goal of the organisation is to expand the approach by involving more regions and businesses in the event.”
The 2015-edition starts this Saturday from 8am. Day one contains all matches of the group stages, while finals are scheduled for day two.