After two consecutive years of red hot competition in the Tiger Street Football tour, everything is in place for the latest installation of the tournament.
But what is Tiger Street Football?
Football players from Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, England, France, Germany, Holland, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam come together to challenge for the title of Grand Champions.
In the biggest edition of the Tiger Street Football thus far, the tournament will take place in seven countries - Australia, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore and Vietnam - National tournaments will take place in each participating nation while the Grand Finals are set to take place in Guangzhou, China.
The teams that win their respective national tournaments are awarded a cash prize of $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third. The team that becomes Grand Champions will go home with $30,000.
Unique to Tiger Street Football, is the oval-shaped 'Street Football Cage' that measures about 30x12 meters and is covered by a net suspended some two-and-a-half meters above the ground which guarantees continuous play. There are no sidelines and the style of play is quite simple - non-stop, high-octane explosive football action. It will be very unpredictable as players can score by bouncing the ball off the cage.
Players will not have much time to kick about as each match will only run for 12 minutes over two halves. Every game is an all-out 5-on-5 battle because in the cage, there is no room to be idle. Only those with outstanding fitness, reflexes and ball control can survive the unforgiving turf.
Besides the intense football tournament, there will also be festivities surrounding the cage. The 2013 Tiger Street Football tour includes a lively carnival featuring plenty of on and off pitch action with a host of activities such as a skills showcase and exclusive autograph sessions with Tiger Street Football ambassador and football legend Fabio Cannavaro as well as the beautiful Tiger Cage Girls.
Brazil’s team, Floripa, dominated the past two years’ tournaments with their Samba-style soccer and look to retain their championship.
Think you have what it takes to be the best? Round up a team of seven players and join the year’s most anticipated football tournament in South-east Asia.
All players must be male and above the age of 18 when signing up. For more information, visit the Tiger Street Football website.
Read more about the rules of the game here.