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Seventeen slots still up for grabs in Tiger Street Football 2020 grand finals

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The top four winners of the Kampot leg of the tournament pose for a group photo shortly after the provincial championship ended. Tiger Beer

There are still 17 slots up for grabs in the grand finals as Tiger Street Football 2020 winds down on its last remaining stops.

The tournament has seen 64 teams from eight cities/provinces qualifying and battling for the championship trophy at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich (Diamond Island) between Feb 29-March 1.

So far, 47 teams from six cities/provinces have already qualified for the grand finals. The end games will be a star-studded event, headlined by British football legend Rio Ferdinand. Thousands of local and foreign football fans are expected to pack the area in front of the Koh Pich Theatre for two days to watch the games and to try to catch a glimpse of Ferdinand.

Ferdinand, who has donned his country’s colours in three FIFA World Cups, has earned a reputation as an extraordinarily good defender and attacker. He also had stints with Manchester United, West Ham United, Leeds United and other storied clubs in the English Premier League. Ferdinand is widely regarded as one of the best football players ever produced by England.

The 64 finalists will battle for the championship trophy and cash prize of $15,000. The team that places second overall will receive $5,000, third placer $2,500 and the fourth placer $1,000.

The latest qualifiers are six teams from Kampot, led by provincial champion Sihanouk Province Police Commisioner (A). Sihanouk Province Police Commisioner (A) topped the Kampot leg of the tournament after a 3-1 win over Mud Crab (B).

Sihanouk Province Police Commisioner (A) received the $1,500 cash prize, while Mud Crab (B) got $1,000. Third placer Jack Sport (A) brought home $500.

The other three teams that qualified out of Kampot are Texas Lt, Osakho FC (B) and Kampot Province Police Commissioner (C).

In keeping with the previous stops of the tournament, there was no shortage of spectators at the matches. The venue was packed with fans loudly cheering for their favorite teams.

The fans were later entertained by songs performed by Cambodia’s top artists, including Preap Sovath, Khat James, Vy Dyneth and Kong Chamroeurn.

There were a total of 60 teams from Kampot, Kep, Sihanoukville and Koh Kong that joined the Kampot leg of Tiger Street Football 2020.

Sihanouk Province Police Commissioner (A) routed Mud Crab (B), 3-1, to claim the provincial championship. Tiger Beer

Kampong Speu, the first leg of this year’s Tiger Street Football, produced six qualifiers led by provincial champion Avatar FC. The Siem Reap leg of the tournament, which brought in 12 qualifiers, was topped by Samrong United FC.

Family Sisophon (A) took home the provincial crown in Poipet, which produced another six qualifiers. From Battambang, there are 10 qualifiers spearheaded by provincial champion The Forest FC.

Kampong Cham FC led seven teams from Kampong Cham and nearby cities/provinces that qualified for the grand finals.

The last 17 grand finals slots up for grabs include five in Takeo and 12 in Phnom Penh. The Takeo leg of Tiger Street Football will be held from Feb 22-23, while Phnom Penh will host the final leg of the qualifiers from Feb 26-28.

Now on its eight edition, Tiger Street Football returned to Cambodia after successful tours in Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. The tournament’s stated purpose is to promote football, while simultaneously helping identify and develop talents in the Kingdom.

Cambodia has a large pool of young people whose talents and abilities can be nurtured and developed through activities like Tiger Street Football. It is highly possible that some of Cambodia’s future football stars will come out of Tiger Street Football.

Tiger Street Football is regarded as more exciting to play and watch, compared to the traditional football or futsal.

In Tiger Street Football, four players from each team play though two six-minute halves inside an oval-caged pitch specially built and customised for the tournament. It is a high-intensity game where players continuously try to penetrate through their opponent’s defence with the aim of scoring a goal.

Aside from the matches, Tiger Street Football 2020 will also feature an array of entertainment and fun activities, including special promotions, booths and live concerts featuring some of Cambodia’s most well-known names in the entertainment industry.

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