The 7th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival began with a bang at the weekend as attendees witnessed a feast of football at Ochheuteal beach in Sihanoukville.
Kicking off on Saturday, 54 teams tested their skills in a specially constructed cage, with 30 teams eliminated after a tense first day. By Sunday a further 24 teams were whittled down to six Sihanoukville teams making the cut for the March grand final in Phnom Penh including Provincial champions Police Sihanouk (A) who defeated runners-up Villar Vedici 6-1 in the final. First place garnered a prize of $1,500, while second received $1,000. Third-place attracted a $500 prize.
The festival also boasted cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting & props/banners to support their favourite team, and a live concert. Musicians set to feature in the Tiger concerts throughout the kingdom include popular singers such as Khemarak Sereymon, Pich Sophea, and Sokun Nisa.
Unlike traditional football, futsal and other street football formats, Tiger Street Football features a unique, customised oval caged pitch.
The cutting-edge platform takes street football to a whole new level as it features a high energy continuous state of play, guaranteed to thrill the crowd throughout the two fast-paced six-minute halves in each match.
Speaking during the Friday draw, May Tola, Deputy Secretary General of the Football Federation of Cambodia, said the Tiger Street Football Festival was a great event that brings together youth to show their ability and entertain. To promote strength, respect, mutual respect.
The festival also serves as a platform for aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion to showcase their talent, exchange pointers, and learn from good players.
The festival next travels to Takeo for its second regional event on January 13.