One of the biggest sporting events on the planet is just around the corner but it’s not too late to be involved with a limited number of vacancies still available in the football competition of the 2017 World Masters Games.
With more athletes than the Olympics, the World Masters Games is the single biggest multi-sport event on earth and is being held in Auckland over 10 action-packed days from April 21.
Recognised by the International Olympic Committee, the event will bring over 25,000 athletes from 100 countries together with 28 sports and 45 disciplines on offer.
New Zealand Football Community Director Cam Mitchell says excitement is starting to build as the clock continues to count down to the big kick-off.
“The World Masters Games presents an enormous legacy opportunity for our sport within Auckland and wider New Zealand,” he says.
“It will be exciting to be part of such a huge multi-sport event and share the experience with sports people, administrators and officials from many of New Zealand’s leading sports.”
The football competition has proved hugely popular but five vacancies have become available in the following age categories:
Men – A Grade joint 30+ and 35+ (currently 1 x 30+ and 4 x 35+ teams) – 3 vacancies
Men – B Grade 40+ category – 1 vacancy
Women – A Grade joint 40+ and 45+ and 50+ (currently 5 x 40+ and 2 x 50+ teams) – 1 vacancy
A team’s category is determined by the age of the youngest player as at 31 December 2017.
Medals are awarded within each age category so – even when competitions are jointly run – gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded within the group (eg. with the A Grade 40/45/50 comp, there are up to nine sets of medals to award).
The two A Grade competitions are at QBE Stadium and will be played between April 22 and 30.
Teams need a minimum of 14 players registered to the team at $295 per player. Teams can play up to 18 players in a match and can have an unlimited squad number.
Teams will have a minimum of five games, which could include finals or could be group play only if the competition is a larger format. The maximum number of games is seven.
If you have any questions or wish to take advantage of this great opportunity to be part of the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, please contact Kelly Bolus at Kelly.Bolus@nzfootball.co.nz or on +6421896210 to discuss.