KUWAIT: Red Bull Winning 5 Kuwait qualifiers took place this week with the participation of 80 teams (400 players). The qualifiers took place at Hassan Abul Courts and Kuwait University Shuwaikh and the best 16 teams qualified to the final, to be held on October 29 at Hasan Abul Soccer Courts. This event is challenge-based, and focuses on creativity and entertainment while being a serious football competition.
The five-aside event does not include goalkeepers, whereby the goal is relatively small, i.e. 2m large x 1m high. The game is based on elimination, so the losing team is knocked out of competition. However, a unique rule states that every goal scored allows the team to eliminate a player from the opposite team. The team captain should take this decision within 5 seconds of scoring, by pointing to the selected player with his finger. Each match consists of two 5-minute halves, and lasts until one team is completely eliminated, therefore it is challenging yet exciting for the teams to undergo the next round of games with one or more missing member.