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Siem Reap’s Next Step FC seized a 3-2 victory to claim the provincial prize of $1,500. Yeun Punlue

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival 2018 continues this Sunday in Poipet city in what promises to be another dazzling display of intense futsal action and a fun superstar after-games party with performers and DJs.

The team that qualifies from this provincial round will not only win $1,000 in prize money but also bag a ticket to the March 10 and 11 Sixth Annual Tiger Street Football Festival grand final in Phnom Penh. The team that comes runners-up will win $700. Teams placed third and fourth will win $350 and $150 respectively.

Intense futsal action in Siem Reap last weekend. Photo: Yeun Punlue

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival kicked off on January 20 in Sihanoukville and to date provincial rounds have been held in Kampong Speu, Battambang and Siem Reap provinces. After Sunday in Poipet, provincial rounds will take place in the following weeks in Kampong Cham and Kandal. With a total prize fund of $50,000 up for grabs, the grand final will see winning teams from Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham, and Kandal, playing off each other to win the national 6th Annual Tiger Street Football championship. The national champion receives a cash prize of $15,000, the first runner up $5,000, the second runner up $2,500 and the third runner up $1,000.

In Poipet, this Sunday, Aok Sokn Kanha, Nop Bayarith, Zono, Step and Reth Suzana will be entertaining crowds after the games that will be held in a specially constructed futsal cage.

Last weekend the 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival provided intense action in the historic city of Siem Reap with a record of 112 teams competing for a berth in next months’ grand final.

DJ Maly entertained the crowds in Siem Reap. Photo: Supplied

After navigating a tricky knockout stage, Next Step FC met Siem Reap FC, grand finalists at last years’ competition, in last Sunday’s provincial final. In a final full of attacking flair, Next Step seized a 3-2 victory to claim the provincial prize of $1,500 and a ticket to the March grand final in Phnom Penh. The runners-up received $1,000, while third place garnered a $500 prize.

After celebrations were over and prizes had been dished out, renowned musicians including Khemarek Sereymon, Ouk Sokunkanha and DJ Maily took to the stage to entertain the Siem Reap crowds into the evening.

Ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is set to visit Cambodia for the March grand final and teams will be vying for a chance to share a futsal cage with the Welsh legend. Giggs is the most decorated player in football history and a winner of 13 Premier League winner’s medals.

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