31 Oct 2009
- Written by Stephon Nicholas (T&T Newsday)
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TEN THOUSAND dollars in cash awaits the winner of the first Annual Futsal Invitational tournament scheduled to kick off on November 21 at the UWI-SPEC Grounds, St Augustine at 9 am.The winner-takes-all competition is being hosted by the SW touring team and will feature 24 teams battling for the $10,000 first prize as well as other prizes including the SW Futsal Invitational Challenge Trophy.
Organisers are targeting teams from corporate industries, tertiary institutions, the media as well as promotional/entertainment companies.
There will be three futsal courts (one indoor, two outdoor) and each game will be six-a-side with two halves each lasting ten minutes.
Registration is $1,500 per team with a maximum of 15 players per squad. Registration started on Monday and all interested persons are encouraged to enter their teams as soon as possible.
There will be a ball juggling competition, a football skills showdown as well as prizes for Most Valuable Player, Most Goals and Best Goal.
There will be a FIFA Interactive World Cup zone where football fans can play their favourite football video games without “breaking a sweat”.
An all-star exhibition match will be played between the national football team and a celebrity team.
All registered teams must attend a seminar to be briefed about the competition and the rules and regulations of futsal.
The event is being organised by Geoffrey Edwards, managing director, G5 Distributors in collaboration with the other members of the SW touring football team.
Edwards explained that the event was conceptualised to allow young persons the opportunity to showcase their ability on the futsal stage and bring the sport closer to the public.
A number of top international players have credited futsal as being instrumental in developing their technique including Brazilian stars Robinho, Ronaldinho and Pele.
Edwards wishes to thank sponsors for making the event possible — Lucozade Sport, Graphic House, Axe, Dixie, Trini Pulse and the Eastern Emergency Response Services.
Admission is $30 (General), $20 (Tertiary Students with ID) and Children Under-12 will be free.