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Gatorade 5v5 kicks into high gear

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:17 AM
Teyshwan Mattis (left) of Santos is about to tackle Excelsior High’s Keneil Kelly in the Gatorade 5v5 competition held at the Barbican playing field yesterday.
Teyshwan Mattis (left) of Santos is about to tackle Excelsior High’s Keneil Kelly in the Gatorade 5v5 competition held at the Barbican playing field yesterday.

Manning Cup champions Kingston College (KC) and daCosta Cup winners Clarendon College lead all 16 qualifiers into today’s group stage of the inaugural Gatorade 5v5 Football Tournament at the Barbican Football Field.

The 16 remaining teams will be placed in four groups, consisting of four teams.

The top two teams from each quarterfinal group will then advance to the semifinals, with the winners of the semifinals then moving on to the final.

Additionally, six players will be selected from the squads to represent Jamaica in Madrid, Spain, in an international tournament set for May 27 to June 2. The competition features players between the ages of 14 and 16.

Also advancing from yesterday’s elimination round are MRC Football Academy, Westchester Football Club, Giant Strikers, Clarendon College, St George’s A, Excelsior High School, STETHS 2, and Cavaliers Football Club A.

STETHS 1, Calabar High School, Ballaz Academy, Church of God of Prophecy A, Garvey Maceo, Cavaliers Football Club B, and Liguanea Football Club are also through to the group stage.

The Gatorade 5v5 Soccer competition kicked off in 2015 in Latin America.

Over 100 youngsters from Europe, North America, and Latin America took part in the final rounds in Barcelona, where Panama were crowned the men’s champion and Brazil won the women’s tournament.