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Fancy earning a trip to Brazil to play in Neymar's world five-a-side finals?

Could you and your friends be the new Distillery Elite?

It's more glamorous than it initially sounds as if you can manage to step into the Lisburn five's shoes, you'll earn a trip to Brazil to take part in Neymar's world five-a-side football finals.

It's all via Neymar Jr's Five tournament, which gives young local male and female footballers (16-25 yrs.) the opportunity to battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical and unique in the world of football.

And the winners will be off to Brazil, where Distillery Elite last year played against 49 teams from 47 countries across the globe.

To participate in the regional qualifiers this February, teams of five to seven players must register at neymarjrsfive.com and select their preferred qualifier in either Belfast, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork or Carlow. The Belfast qualifiers will take place at Queen's on Wednesday (February 21) at 1pm.

The national final will be held at the end of April with details to be announced in the coming weeks. The winning male and female team will then travel to the World Final at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

Mixed teams can continue in 2018 but, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women’s tournament in the same format of 10 minutes of intense action, no goalkeepers and teams losing a player every time the opposition scores.

Neymar Jr said: “I’m very happy to increase the number of players, the number of teams signing up and the number of countries has also increased,” he added. “It’s very big but I hope it can get even bigger. We have more teams than the World Cup!

"It is important for us to have the girls participating. I think it increases the possibility of having more people want to participate. What makes me really excited is that each edition brings more players from more countries so I’m glad to know that everyone wants to participate, and I feel happy to be part of it, this is what excites me the most.”

To celebrate the Neymar Jr’s Five tournament, Red Bull has produced a limited edition Red Bull Neymar Jr. four-pack, available in outlets nationwide.

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