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Adidas, Duplays partnering up for UAE-wide footy tournament

  |  February 20, 2014

Big 'ole tournaments are always fun the FA Cup, college basketball's March Madness, Grand Slam and Major Opens in tennis and golf.

There's just something alluring about the prospect of a Cinderella emerging from a gigantic field and marching through many stages to victory. (Not that it usually happens. Chelsea or Duke or Rafael Nadal usually win, but every now and then, there's a Wigan)

Duplays, with Adidas, are bringing the concept here to the UAE for a nationwide 7-a-side, 8-week-long football tournament, starting on March 16.

Six divisions universities, youth, corporate, girls, Dubai, Abu Dhabi will produce winners from among what they're expecting to be 160 teams to compete in a 24-team Champions Weekend at the end of it in May.

There are, of course, plenty of local football leagues around plenty of local leagues for just about every sport. This, though, is the first attempt I'm aware of at organising a nationally-integrated competition, which is kind of neat.

If you're interested, feel free to check out the tournament's website.