Street football festival starts with a bang

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Kicking off on Saturday, 54 teams tested their skills in a specially constructed cage. Tiger Beer

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.

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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.

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