Neymar Jr’s Five Returns to Oman

Five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist
Five-a-side teams battle it out
By Red Bull Oman

Neymar Jr second edition of his signature five-a-side tournament is underway in Oman with eight local qualifiers being held. The Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament has been held in Muscat and Sohar with Nizwa and Salalah still to go. Qualifying teams will then go on to compete in the country final hosted in Muscat on March 17 for a chance to head to the World Final.

The truly global phenomenon spans 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 70,000 players from 50 countries signed up to play last year, including teams from Oman, 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.

Neymar Jr’s Five provides a unique challenge to players the world over, as every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player. It’s inspired by the street football Neymar Jr himself grew up playing and the Barcelona and Brazil forward cannot wait to see a new season of this remarkable tournament kick off.

The Red Bull Event is being held in partnership with Instituto Neymar Jr, Hi FM Hala FM, Oman Ministry of Tourism and Millennium Resort Mussanah.

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