Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Teams claw their way into Tiger Street finals

Teams claw their way into Tiger Street finals

Teams claw their way into Tiger Street finals

130225 26b
Teams play a match during the qualifying tournament for the Tiger Street Football finals at Diamond Island on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Twenty teams advanced to the finals, which will be played on March 15. Photograph supplied

The first qualifying tournament for the Tiger Street Football finals played out on Saturday at a specially constructed caged pitch on Diamond Island, with Western University FC clinching first place and a winner’s cheque for $100 by beating Charlo 2-1 in the final.

Sixty-four teams saw the top 20 grabbing berths to the March 15 finals of the event, which will feature 32 sides playing five-a-side games in a cage at Wat Botum Park.

The final 12 squads will be determined by qualifiers held over the next two weekends, firstly in Siem Reap, then at Sihanoukville.

With matches beginning at 7am on Saturday and lasting late into the evening, players and spectators flocked to the site, in the shadow of Town Hall, with a path into next month’s finals at stake and ultimately an invitation to the grand finals in Guangzhou on October 12 and 13.

Newly formed, Japanese-owned club TriAsia Phnom Penh had two teams making it through to the national round along with Western University, whose senior squad were relegated from the top-tier Metfone C-League last year.

Most match-ups in the later stages of the qualifiers were close affairs, but ties held earlier in the day provided some entertaining viewing, including an 11-8 thriller won by Khmer Super Reds against The Expert and a 12-5 victory for Rithy FC over Social Action Youths.

Qualifiers from Phnom Penh include The One, Down Town, Khmer Super Red, Eleven Star FC, BR FC, Young Star FC, NG Family FC, Nipes FC, Daniel, Rithy FC, W.I.S., Khmer Community FC, Petanque Youth, Western University FC, Charlo, Green Village, S Sport, Chin Su FC, Tri Asia Phnom Penh A and Tri Asia Phnom Penh B.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Derbuc at [email protected]


  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong