Neymar Jr’s Five Returns to the Maldives in 2018!


Club Teenage at the World Finals
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The unique Neymar Jr’s Five tournament is back in the Maldives for a third time in 2018, promising thrilling and exciting action once again.

Neymar Jr’s Five, the thrilling global five-a-side tournament is back in the Maldives, with the qualifiers ready to kick off in March. The qualifiers for the national finals will take place in 8 locations, including the capital Male’ City, over the course of 8 weeks.

The national finals will be held in Male’ City on 28th April. The champions will get the amazing opportunity to compete in the World Finals which will be held at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

More than 200 teams competed last year
More than 200 teams competed last year

Neymar Jr himself is excited about the tournament being back for the third time and being bigger than ever, with even more participating countries.

What makes me really excited is that each edition brings more players from more countries, so I’m glad to know that everyone wants to participate, and I feel happy to be part of it, this is what excites me the most Neymar

Last year’s winners; Club Teenage
Last year’s winners; Club Teenage

Neymar Jr’s Five is one of the biggest futsal tournaments held in the Maldives. Last year, a total of 267 teams participated in the tournament, with more than a thousand players showcasing their skills and talents.

Club Teenage won the national final last year and had the opportunity to compete in the World Finals with 46 other countries. In doing so, they became the first futsal team from the Maldives to play in the biggest futsal tournament in the world.

For the Club Teenage they had an exceptionally good experience in the World Finals. After a tough round of matches during the group stage of the tournament, they made it through to the knockout stage after defeating Spain 5:2 and India 5:1. They were beaten by Japan in the knockout round by 5:0.

 “To make it to the knock out round, it was a feeling out of this world,” team captain Ismail Fathih said.

They describe last years’ experience in the world finals as “priceless” and are looking forward to defending their champions title this year.

“Last year, we were not expecting to win actually, but we are extremely grateful and happy that we won. It was an amazing experience to play in Brazil,” said Fathih. “We will be back this year, and we are expecting a much tougher tournament this year.”

Neymar Jr’s Five 2017
Neymar Jr’s Five 2017

Neymar Jr’s is based on a unique concept, unlike most futsal tournaments. The different set of rules is what makes the tournament fill with exciting and competitive matches.

“At first, it was a bit difficult for us to adjust to the rules of the tournament, but as we played we got used to it,” said Fathih. “In this tournament, we can’t take any matches lightly. We have to be fully concentrated on the game, and always work as a unit.”

Neymar Jr’s Five 2017
Neymar Jr’s Five 2017

Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian Forward’s signature football tournament – a truly global phenomenon. The tournament has it’s own set of unique rules. Five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minutes matches. Every time one team scores, the opposition team loses a player, which makes the tournament matches fast, technical and tactical.

Registration for the tournament is now open. If you think you can be the best five-a-side in the country, sign up and try your luck in this year’s tournament.

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