Muscat: Volkswagen, represented in Oman by Wattayah Motors, announced the conclusion of Muscat Qualifiers of the 2016 Volkswagen Junior Masters Oman Under-13 Football Tournament.
The qualifiers saw five teams — Al Woshil, Al Jazeera, Muscat Grass Roots, Muscat Football Academy and Professional — make their way to the final Oman qualifiers which will take place on February 13 in Muscat.
The Muscat qualifiers was split into three groups — A, B and C; with four teams each.The top two teams from Group A, Al Woshil and Al Jazeera, together with the top two teams from Group B, Muscat Grass Roots and ‘Muscat Football Academy, made their way to the final of the Oman qualifiers.
Securing the final spot and joining the other seven teams in the Oman Qualifiers wer the winners of Group C Professional.
Commenting on the tournament, Andrew Squires, the General Manager of Wattayah Motors said, “On behalf of Volkswagen and Wattayah Motors I would like to congratulate the five teams from Muscat on making it to the final Oman qualifiers and wish them the very best of luck in the upcoming Volkswagen Junior Masters Oman Qualifiers.”
“We have witnessed an incredible show of skill, sportsmanship and team work from each of the teams that participated in the qualifiers this year, both from Sohar and Muscat. With such a high calibre of talent on the field, topping the Oman Qualifiers is no doubt going to be a challenge for each of the participating teams,” he added.
Following the Muscat regional qualifiers, the eight qualifying teams, including the three from Sohar, are now gearing up for the Oman Regional Qualifiers on February 13.
The top two teams from the Oman Qualifiers will then join those from Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East 2016 Tournament, which will be held in Dubai, UAE on March 4 and 5, 2016. The winner of the finals will then be crowned Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East Champions. The winners of the Middle East finals will then head to Paris in May 2016 to represent the region at the Volkswagen World Junior Masters.
The Volkswagen Junior Masters was established 10 years ago by Volkswagen AG as part of its commitment to support youth and sports around the world. The tournament has since grown to include 4,700 youth players, 333 teams, and 245 dealers in its home country alone. Today, the tournament takes place in 23 countries worldwide. The tournament provides young footballers with a chance to enjoy the sport and compete fairly and has, in the process, become the biggest youth-oriented football tournament in the world.
This international youth tournament, is aimed at all players under the age of 13 who will first compete in regional qualifiers. The format of these qualifiers vary from country to country. In Oman all matches follow FIFA rules recognised by the Oman Football Association together with certain conditions of play as set out by the association to accommodate for the fast-paced nature of the tournament.