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Neymar reinventing five-a-side with 26,000-team global tournament

It is likely the single largest football tournament taking place on the planet this year.

Now in its second year of existence, Neymar Jr’s Five has attracted 26,685 teams and 101,692 players from 53 countries. They are all playing for the chance to be crowned world champions in a unique form of five-a-side football and meet Neymar, who will be at the global final in Brazil to present the trophy.

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Neymar Jr’s Five is, as mentioned, five-a-side with a twist. There are no goalkeepers, and goals are scored through a small hole in walls at each end of the pitch that can be played off strategically. Most significantly, though, conceding a goal results in you losing a player.

Games last 10 minutes or until one team has no players left. The nature of the game is such that one goal, fortunate or against the run of play as it may be, can be decisive by giving the team that scores it a man advantage.

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