Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO) officially announced the launch of the Qualifying rounds for the Football Five’s World Championship (F5WC) in Qatar.

The Football Five’s World Championship (F5WC) brings together a global initiative to select talented amateur football players through regional 5-a-side qualifying rounds to then compete in the Dubai 2014 finals. The tournament aims to find undiscovered talent, showcased in Dubai and gives a platform for professional football clubs to scout and sign this talent.

The qualifying rounds for the amateur football championship, sponsored by QALCO, aims to discover aspiring male footballers over 16 years who are not professionally registered with any football club in Qatar. The tournament is being managed by Legacy Sports & Events/DUPLAYS Doha.

Chairman Qatar Lubricants Co, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Jassim Al Thani, said:

QALCO has always been steadfast in its support for the National Vision 2030 and innovative sports ideas. Our initiative is in line with the milestone that we hope to achieve for Qatar in the world of sports by the year 2030.’

Qatar Football Association (QFA) is the official venue provider. The organisation is also providing official referees for the tournament to ensure the Laws of the Game are enforced during the course of all matches. Director of Marketing and Communications for QFA, Khalid Al Kuwari, said:

The F5WC is designed to provide a structured platform for aspiring football players and gives an opportunity to tap into a vast pool of budding football talent that is found in this country. As the Qatari football’s governing body, one of our main objectives is to have a direct positive impact on the popularity and development of the game in the country and allow it to continue to grow through our contribution and support to various amateur and community leagues.’

As QFA is the football governing body in Qatar, it focuses heavily on grassroots development of football talent through such supporting initiatives.’

Managing Director of Qatar Lubricants, Fawad Rana, said:

QALCO identified football as one of the key platforms for communicating its core brand message.Beyond this, we also recognise that football acts as a common thread for people in Qatar irrespective of nationality, culture or language, given it has now become a source of national pride and joy in the country.’

He indicated that F5WC Qatar Qualifiers is an integral part of their CSR initiative aimed at promoting sports in Qatar. It seeks to bring to light the skills of young and talented players by giving them the platform to become world class football stars.

Managing Partner of Legacy Sports & Events/Duplays Doha and Carl Windley, Hamad Al Amari, said:

We are very proud to have been awarded the rights to manage the inaugural F5WC Qatar Qualifiers. We believe this tournament is very important for the development of football in the country for everyone – be it players, supporters or organizers in the run up to the 2022 World Cup. From youngsters showcasing their skills to some of the top scouts in the world, to older players who just want to be part of a world championship, the F5WC concept brings together players of all ages, cultures, nationalities and standards. With the prodigious sponsorship of QALCO and the backing of the QFA, we aim to make this tournament exciting, competitive and fun with the aim of bringing the World Finals to Qatar in the coming years.’

Local qualifying rounds in Qatar will be held on Fridays and Saturdays in April and May 2014. There will be group stage tournaments, in which the winning teams will proceed from the pre-qualifying stage to the Qatar Finals. A total of 32 teams will be competing on the Finals Day that will be held on Friday 23 May 2014. The victorious team will win an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai including a three-night stay at the Marriott Hotel from 12 to 14 June 2014, while competing against 31 other countries at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Registrations are now open for the football championship.