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Duplays, one of the biggest organisers of sports leagues and events in the UAE, are collaborating with The Life & Style Show UAE at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) this weekend to host a unique 32-team five-a-side football tournament with the chance to win a complimentary coaching clinic from ex-England football player, Carlton Palmer.

They are calling on all football fanatics out there to organise a team and register as soon as possible for the three-day event.

Participation in the tournament is completely free and the players can be assured of a sizeable crowd from the Life & Style Show watching them play.

Event organisers are anticipating high levels of skill and fierce competition as the teams go head-to-head for the grand prize.

Palmer played in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City between 1984 to 2005.

He was capped 18 times by England, and went into management in 2001 when he was appointed player/manager of Stockport County, later holding the same position at Mansfield Town from 2004 to 2005.

Commenting on the tournament, Derv Rao, co-founder and director of special projects and events at Duplays, said: “This tournament is designed to get members of the UAE community together at the region’s largest lifestyle event for an actionpacked weekend of football.

"We at Duplays are excited about witnessing some fancy football in addition to watching individuals reveal their competitive spirit.”

Each team can have a minimum of five members and a maximum of seven, while all members must be signed up online under their respective team names before the registration deadline.

The 32 teams will be split into eight groups, with four teams in each group and each team will be guaranteed at least 45 minutes of playing time.

The group games will be held over the first two days – Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6 – with the knockout games on Saturday, December 6.

Thursday’s matches will be held from 18:30-22.30 and the first four groups will play every team in their bracket (three games). The top two teams from both groups will advance to the knockout stages on Saturday.

On Friday, the games will be a little earlier and will run between 16:00 and 20:00. On this day, the remaining four groups will play each team in their bracket.

The knockout rounds on Saturday will be from 16:00 to 20:00 when the final 16 teams will play all the way down to one team.

The winners will receive trophies, goodie bags and a coaching clinic from Palmer. Ashley Roberts, event director – The Life and Style Show UAE, dmg events Middle East added; “The Life & Style Show UAE is designed to bring people together in a celebration of all that life has to offer.

"From sports to games to home living, there is something for everyone. The Duplays football competition will be a fantastic addition to the event and we look forward to seeing some dazzling talent on display.”

It sure sounds like great fun.

What: Five-a-side football tournament. Participation is free.
Where: The Life & Style Show UAE at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
When: Thursday-Saturday, December 5-7
Contact: For more information, call 04 4472394 or e-mail: jeraz@


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