The great northern city of Newcastle hosted the UK final of this years Neymar Jr’s Five Tournament, organised by Red Bull. Akin to 5-a-side, Neymar Jr’s Five is a fun, fast-paced and technical game that gives young footballers aged 16 to 25 years old, the opportunity to put teams of 5 to 7 players together to compete and represent their country at the World Final in Brazil this summer.
However, unlike regular 5-a-side football, the Neymar Jr’s Five Tournament organised by Red Bull format has a twist. Teams battle it out in 10-minute matches, but, every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical – and unique in the world of football!
The preliminary rounds were hosted in 5-a-side football centres around the UK including Glasgow, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and London. The winning team from the final in Newcastle would earn a place in the international final to be hosted on 7th & 8th of July in Sao Paulo, Brazil!
For the UK final in Newcastle, the the event was situated alongside the banks of the famous Tyne river. The team at Red Bull needed a portable, secure games arena to make the event work. Step up Soccerena UK – the portable football pitch system. The Soccerena portable pitch is a popular choice for street soccer and events in public spaces and allows football and games to be enclosed with an all-round view for spectators. The solid kick-boards and integrated goals provide a secure enclosure and the handy integrated peripheral netting offers protection to spectators.
The team at Soccerena UK were more and happy to supply a 18m x 12m portable football pitch for this event and provided a prompt set-up and de-rig service to ensure the event ran to schedule. Events Specialist at Red Bull, Nik Valentine stated:
“At this iconic location, with space at a premium, we needed a secure and robust solution to host the football matches for the Neymar Jr’s Five tournament. The team at Soccerena UK provided exactly that. They were great to work with and understood every detail. Their set-up and de-rig service was second to none and we were extremely please with how well the system worked on the day.”
The Soccerena portable football pitch system is suitable for football and many other sports, games and activities for children and adults alike. It is available to hire for events across the UK. For more information, please see the Soccerena website at soccerena.co.uk.