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Five-a-side tournament to heighten World Cup fever

Five-a-side tournament to heighten World Cup fever

Football fanatics will have the chance to enhance their 2014 World Cup experience with a specially created tournament on June 1.

The one-day five-a-side competition, titled Phnom Penh 5’s World Cup and hosted by Excel Events, will see 16 teams play in a World Cup-style format on the artificial turf of the new 3G Field.

Each team will play a minimum of five games lasting 25 minutes each, three of which will be during a group stage before quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

A maximum of 10 players are allowed to register for each team, and first aid and physiotherapy will be available for free during games that start from 9am and continue until 3pm.

“It’s going to be huge,” event organiser Jimmy Campbell stated in a press release.

“We’ve booked six pitches – four for games, one for warm up and one for a shaded chill-out area.”

Families will also be encouraged to attend, with an area for kids to enjoy including a bouncy castle.

Included in the US$275 per team entrance fee is trophies, medals, food and beverages.

“We prefer nationalities to represent their own country, but will allow players to join another national team,” stated Campbell.

In the situation where more than one team wishes to represent the same nation, the earliest registered side will assume the nation’s name (e.g., Cambodia) while subsequent sides will have to add an extra name (e.g., Cambodia Blues).

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