Muscat: It's the first time the most exciting and well-loved sport in the country will be played with a Red Bull Twist. Footballers across the country will be put to the test and have the chance to participate in the Red Bull Winning 5 for the first time.
A total of 224 teams consisting of 1,120 players will battle it out in the month-long knockout tournament which will include seven qualifiers across Oman before the country final in Muscat next month.
The first qualifier event will be held today in Salalah and will select only the top three teams to go through to the final. The month long tour will also include qualifiers in Al Dakhiliya, Al Sharqia, Al Batinah and Muscat.
Thirty-two teams will compete in each city but only the top three teams from each will be selected for the Country Final. Three qualifiers will be conducted in Muscat were only the top four teams will be selected. The top 16 teams from across the country will then battle it out to become the Winning 5.
The five-a-side event does not include goalkeepers and players have to score a goal and eliminate a player from the opposing team. The game goes on until the whole team is eliminated. If the time is up, the two teams will go for penalty shootouts which will be made by having two players go one-on-one for three seconds.
The winning team will receive a cash prize of OMR.2,000, the runner up with receive OMR.1,000 and third place on the podium will win OMR.500.
Partners for this event include the Ministry of Tourism, Ford Middle East, Bank Muscat, Hi FM, Hala FM, Tanuf and Muscat Sports. For further details email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 92962357
May 24: Salalah qualifier at Al Nasr Club. May 30: Al Dakhiliyah qualifier at Bahla-Balad Sait playing field.
May 31: Al Sharqiya qualifier at Badiya-Al Dhair playing field. June 6: Al Batinah qualifer at Al Musannah-Al Noor playing field.
June 7: Muscat qualifier 1 at Bausher-Al Shabab playing field, June 13: Muscat qualifier 2 at Bausher-Al Shabab playing field. June 14: Muscat qualifier 3 at Bausher-Al Shabab playing field.
June 20: Country Final.