All set for Five’s World Championships

All set for Five’s World Championships

The 48-team five-a-side football tournament will be held on April 23-25 at Sky Dive Dubai, the Palm.

By Rituraj Borkakoty (reporter/ Chief Sub Editor)

Published: Wed 15 Apr 2015, 1:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:42 PM

Richard Keys, popular English sports presenter; Paul Anderson, marketing director for Ford Middle East & North Africa; Andy Gray, former Scotland star; and James Davies-Yandle, F5WC director; at a Press conference on Tuesday. — Supplied photo

Dubai — After the success of the first edition of the Football Five’s World Championships last year, SkyDive Dubai is all set to host the second edition of the tournament later this month.

The 48-team five-a-side football tournament will be held on April 23-25 at Sky Dive Dubai, the Palm.

The teams that will play have come through the tough qualifying rounds and teams like Spain, Brazil, China and the USA would be determined to give defending champions Denmark a run for their money.

F5WC director James Davies-Yandle was present at the Press conference on Tuesday. “We want everyone to have the chance to compete in a tournament like this, it’s for the masses and to be able to gain the opportunity to represent your country is a dream any football fan would want to achieve. Participation this year has grown hugely across the world and we are hoping this will only increase,” Davies-Yandle said.

Popular English sports presenter Richard Keys and former Scotland and Aston Villa star Andy Gray are the ambassadors for the event. They both emphasised on the importance of a tournament like this.

“Well, five-a-side football on small pitches is the modern day version of street football. Unfortunately we don’t get to see street football in countries like England any more. Organised five-a-side tournaments can be fun and exciting. And more importantly, these amateurs will get to wear the colours of their country. Now that’s something special,” Keys said.

Gray said the players who would be arriving next week could aim for the stars. “They will have one ambition which is to be the best player. Even I was a late bloomer. I was 17 when I became a professional player. So it’s never too late,” Gray said.

Matches in the three-day tournament will start at 11 in the morning. 

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