The country's first six-a-side soccer tournament was held at Muharrag, Bahrain's second largest town on Friday (15 December), as a curtain-raiser for Bahrain's National Day.
GV Teams kick off
GV PAN Play continues, goal-keeper clears ball (2 shots)
SCU President of Bahrain Sports Association seated
GV Play continues
SV Goalkeeper makes good save
SV Director of Information with other important guests seated
SV Contest winners Taj Club score penalty goal
SV PAN From trophy to Information Director.
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SPORT - SOCCER
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Background: The country's first six-a-side soccer tournament was held at Muharrag, Bahrain's second largest town on Friday (15 December), as a curtain-raiser for Bahrain's National Day.
Official National Day celebrations began on Saturday (16 Dec.).
The soccer tournament. held at the Muharraq Stadium, involved nearly three hours of continuous football with Bahrain's top 12 teams taking part.
Eleven games were played in all--each of 12 minutes. Teams changed ends every six minutes.
Attending the tournament was the Bahrain Information Director, Sheikh Isa bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, the President of the Bahrain Sports Association, Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, and senior government and sports officials.
The competition was won by the Taj Club, of Manama, the capital of Bahrain. They beat the Bahrain Club of Muharraq 2-0.
The competition climaxed four weeks of special training for the top 12 teams, who are more used to the normal II-a-side football.
They had been drilled by two former coaches from Britain, Mr. Frank Lord, of Plymouth Argyle, and Mr. Jimmy Kerr, of Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City.
SYNOPSIS: Teams kick off for a special soccer match at Muharraq, second largest town in Bahrain, as the country's first six-a-side soccer competition gets under way. The series was held as a curtain-raiser to Bahrain's National Day celebrations.
The tournament involved nearly three hours of continuous football. The country's top twelve teams were taking part, specially trained for the occasion by former British coaches Mr. Frank Lord, of Plymouth Argyle, and Mr. Jimmy Kerr, of Blakburn Rovers and Coventry City.
On hand for the historic event was Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Sports Association. The standard of football was high, with eleven games being played in all. Each lasted twelve minutes, with teams changing ends every six minutes, ensuring fast action on the field.
Information Director, Sheikh Isa bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, watches as the Taj Club score the penalty goal that beat their opponents Bahrain Club of Muharraq two goals to nil, and gave them the tournament trophy.