Over 125,000 players from more than 60 countries across six continents embarked on a journey with the same dream: outplaying all other athletes and making it to the Neymar Jr’s Five World Final. This year, for the first time ever, a women’s competition was also played in 16 countries. Only the strongest teams made it through. They will now get to live their dream at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil on 20-21 July, when a new world champion will be crowned in the tournament that unites the world in football.
The World Final begins on Friday, July 20, with the group stage featuring national champions from 59 countries. The best teams will advance to the knock-out stage on Saturday and battle it out in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals before the top two women’s and mixed teams face each other in the final of each division.
The event is hosted at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr, a private, non-profit association dedicated to social causes set up by the player and his family. Located in Jardim Glória, in Praia Grande, where Neymar Jr spent much of his childhood, the Institute is an 8,400m2 education and sporting complex catering to 2,470 underprivileged children aged between 7 and 14.