Four-a-side action kicks off

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 November, 2003, 12:00am

Nearly 2,000 junior football players representing 273 teams will compete in the adidas 4v4 Cup which begins this weekend at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) in Causeway Bay.

The first and second rounds of the boys under-16 section on Saturday will see 96 teams bid a for place in the last 16 next week.

The remaining boys' sections - the under-10, 12, and 18s - will compete on Sunday. The matches will take on an international flavour as several of the sides are made up of local Korean and Japanese players.

Local professional players Yau Kin-wai, Yeung Ching-kong, Shum Kwok-pui and Leung Tze-chun have been visiting schools over the past month to publicise the four-a-side football tournament and its unique style of play.

They took part in friendly matches with students, with the under-18 players of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, nearly humbling their more illustrious compatriots in a 5-5 draw.

But the main purpose of the self-styled four 'bronze men' was to demonstrate the skills required in four-a-side games, including switching direction, changing pace and reverse passing.

Wah Yan student Ryan Kum Chung-yan said four-a-side football was tough as players had to keep moving and there were no goalkeepers. 'It's very physical,' he added.

'If you are not very skilled, you can get an advantage with good fitness.'

The competition is jointly organised by the SCAA and adidas Hong Kong.