Neymar Jr’s Five is my global five-a-side tournament bringing players from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion: football. It is a fast, technical and fun competition, played in more than 60 countries, including my home country Brazil, and France, where I play with Paris Saint-Germain.
The rules? Simple. Each match lasts 10 intense minutes, there’s no goalkeeper and whenever a team scores, the opposition loses a player. You need to outplay them all! This year’s tournament is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25. In each team two players over 25 are allowed in the squad as well. In many countries more players than ever get the chance to experience this beautiful game, as I am proud to announce that there’ll also be women’s competitions in addition to the mixed tournament.
In 2017, over 100.000 players from 53 countries battled it out to be crowned World Champions, with Romania coming out victorious. Neymar Jr’s Five 2018 is set to be even bigger. More than 60 countries from 6 continents will host tournament qualifiers, where players will be competing with the same dream of making it through to their National Final and book a ticket to the World Final, which will be celebrated for the third time at my Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil, on July 21.
I hope you are as excited as I am to get out there and outplay as many teams as possible. Gather your team, sign up and I hope to see you and your friends in Brazil!
Obrigado and have fun!