World Cup fever hits Kings indoors

As many know the World Cup will be
played this summer in South
Africa.

The beautiful game will be on full
display featuring plenty of national pride, world-class players and loads of
media coverage.

However Cayman is getting its own
taste of World Cup excitement, although this competition takes place at the WestTel
Arena in Kings Sports Centre.

The 2010 Cayman World Cup
five-a-side football tournament starts tomorrow. The competition is in its
second year and sees some 10 countries represented this time out.

Cayman will field two teams along
with Jamaica, England and Honduras. The other competitors are
Canada, India, Scotland,
Ireland, Africa, Costa Rica, the US,
Portugal and Brazil
(both Portuguese countries have combined to play under one entry).

Roughly nine countries took part
last year with Honduras
winning the title ahead of favourites Cayman and Jamaica.

Like last year, resident
five-a-side players make up the teams for each country. The rules last time out
stated each squad had a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 players.

In the past Athletic Director for
Kings Sports Centre Ray Singh had said the tournament is about national unity
and involving all sections of the community under the global sport of football.

The tournament is expected to
function under a round-robin format where each team will play a number of games
between Friday and Saturday. All of the action gets going tomorrow with an
opening ceremony at 6pm and the first games at 6:30pm.

At present four groups constitute
the competition. Cayman one (in red jerseys) plays in the first group against Canada, India
and Scotland.

In Group two there is Africa, England one (in red), Honduras
one (wearing light blue) and Jamaica
one (wearing black). Group three sees Cayman two (in blue) against the US, England two (white) and Portugal-Brazil.

The fourth and final group sees Ireland, Honduras
two (dark blue), Costa Rica
and Jamaica
two (yellow) all in action.

All of the matches will be
broadcast live on the internet on www.csa.ky.

News of the World Cup comes after
the inaugural Euro Cup took place last June. Four European nations took part
with Ireland
winning and grabbing a free spot in the World Cup (every other side has to pay
a team fee).