Going Out: Silicon 7s football to host thrilling finale

Matt Jones - Editor 10:29 20/04/2016
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  • Going for gold: The tournament will see 75 teams compete.

    A thrilling finale is anticipated as hoards of budding young footballers descend on Dubai for the third and final instalment of the Silicon 7s this Friday.

    The tournament will play host to 75 teams and hundreds of youngsters at GEMS Wellington Academy in Silicon Oasis and is sure to be a net-busting success following the popularity of the two previous Silicon 7s football tournaments played already this season.

    The teams will play in six different age groups from Under-6 to U-16 in the tournament, which is at capacity and is set to be one of the biggest one day youth tournaments in UAE’s history.

    The tournament, run by ESports Football Club, kicks off at 08:00 and will end at 19:30.

    “The Silicon 7s is a mammoth event that is regulated and delivered by the very best in the game when it comes to youth football events,” said EFC director, Terry Kidd.

    “The Silicon 7s series is responsible for the integration of not just Dubai but the whole Middle East with teams coming from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and even Bahrain who are representing soccer schools, football clubs, schools and parent-run organisations, with over 75 teams competing in the youth showcase tournament.”

    A total of 25 different academies will be present, as well as parent-run teams, with nine EFC teams entered across six different ages groups. Budding young footballers will be competing at U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 age categories.

    Ones to watch: Dubai’s best young footballers will be competing this Friday.

    Ones to watch: Dubai’s best young footballers will be competing this Friday.

    The U-6 and U-8 groups will play between 08:00 and 11:30 (new site); the U-10s will play at the same time at the old site; the U-16s play between 12:00 noon and 16:00 (new site) while the U-14s play between the same times on the old site.

    A mammoth U-12s section will play on both old and new sites between 16:00 and 19:30.

    All games are seven-a-side, except for the U-6s, who will play five-a-side matches.

    Games are 10-12 minutes long with longer matches for the semifinals and finals. There will be trophies and medals available in each age group as well as a player of the tournament for each age group.

    Catering will also be available throughout the day courtesy of Freedom Pizza, MELT and PH7.

    Tournament manager, Gwyn Williams, added: “Following the great success of the first two editions, the final to the trilogy of the Silicon 7s will be an exciting event. “We are running at full capacity of 75 teams across six age groups.

    “The event has proven to be incredibly popular and we are already considering options on how to further grow and expand for the future.”

    WHAT: Silicon 7s
    WHERE: GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis
    WHEN: From 08:00 until 19:30, Friday, April 22
    CONTACT: Visit www.esportsfootballclub.com or e-mail [email protected]