Beach tournament kicks in for World Cup

Beach soccer has not been widely played in the Cayman Islands in the past but looks set to become a big attraction when a major event kicks off here in a few weeks. 

The Cayman Islands Football Association in conjunction with the Pirates Week Office, presents the inaugural Pirates Week Beach Soccer Open Cup. 

It is on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, Jun. 1 at Seven Mile Public Beach as part of the Pirates Week’s fundraising activities in the build-up towards the 2014 Pirates Week Festival.  

Playing in the spirit of the World Cup season, the tournament will feature around 30 mainly local five-a-side teams playing on two pitches and promises to be an extremely exciting event.  

Participating teams from a number of World Cup qualifying countries, teams from neighboring islands, as well as government and corporate stars will be playing.  

The ladies will be well represented in this competition in their all-female teams. Each team can have up to a maximum of 10 players and registration is only $150 per team which also includes a free beach soccer T-shirt.  

There will be trophies for the winners and runners-up, most valuable player, fair play and other spot prizes.  

The event is free to spectators and promises to be great for soccer fanatics and families to enjoy a fun filled time at the beach.  

There will also be a kids corner with snow cones, ice cream, and other tasty treats for sale. Other food and beverages will also be on sale. 

The event has attracted sponsorship from major corporations such as Budweiser, Pepsi, Aquafina and Red Bull.  

For more information and to register, contact the Pirates Week Office on 949-5078 or on email: [email protected] 

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Seven Mile Beach will be the venue of a beach soccer event. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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