Neymar Jr's Five Soccer Tournament Makes a Return
Sport January 12, 2017   |  by

Neymar Jr’s Five Soccer Tournament Makes its Return

Neymar Jr’s five-a-side soccer tournament returns, with regional qualifiers in over 53 countries.

Winners

Last year’s edition of Neymar Jr’s Five saw over 65,000 players aiming for victory in the world’s biggest five-a-side soccer tournament.

Each squad typically consists of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, but for this year’s edition, two over-aged players are allowed to be part of each team.

Winners of the regional qualifiers will move on to the national final, and these victors will take on the World Final at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

Unique to this tournament is the elimination rule, where a goal results in the opposing team losing one of its players.

Teams Mauritius and Kosovo compete during Neymar Jr's Five at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil on July 9, 2016 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160710-00209 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

“I always played with my friends, using small goals.” Neymar Jr said. “The tournament reminds me of my childhood and I am very proud of it. To win the five-a-side games and outplay them all, you need strategy and a good understanding of what the best moment is to attack and defend. A good defence is very important as well and can bring your team very far in the tournament.”

Want to show off your soccer skills? Find out more about Neymar Jr’s Five socer tournament here.

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