Qatar Football AssociationNews
04.02.2015 23:45 in :

DOHA: Coaches from some of the world’s finest football academies
gathered in Doha on Wednesday ahead of the first games of the 2015 Al
Kass International Cup.

With the tournament set to kick-off on Thursday, team officials from
clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Arsenal and Real Madrid
met at Le Cigale hotel for a final technical meeting ahead of the
opening matches.

During the hour-long conference, organisers welcomed this year’s
participating teams to Qatar and gave them a full briefing on the
competition’s history and regulations.

This year 12 teams will compete in the 10-day tournament, with all
games played according to FIFA regulations.

Tournament Director Hamad Al Mannai spoke of his hopes for the fourth
edition of the cup.

“Since this competition’s founding in 2012, the quality of football
and level of talent on display has improved with each year,” he said.

“Given the exceptional calibre of teams competing this year, I am
confident that the standards will rise yet again and further cement
this tournament’s status as one of the world’s very best youth
football competitions.”

During the conference it was revealed that the stakes will be higher
than ever in 2015, with a record cash prize of $75,000 awarded to the
tournament champions, as well as a trophy and gold medals for the
victorious side’s players.

Additionally, cash prizes will also be available for standout
individual performances, including an award for best goalkeeper and
Most Valuable Player for each game.

Matches will be played on the pristine pitches of the Aspire Zone and
will be open to the public, who will get the chance to see the next
generation of global footballing superstars up close.