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Samsung Cup kicks off new season with launch

BY RUDDY ALLEN

Friday, April 25, 2014    

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Samsung Electronic Company, a global technology leader, will keep the ball rolling as title sponnsor of the second staging of the Samsung Cup Youth Football Tournament.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Terra Nova Suite Hotel yesterday.

This year's tournament, which starts this Saturday and will run for seven weeks, will feature 56 primary and preparatory schools -- up from the 48 which took part in 2013.

Each school team will comprise 14 players, both boys and girls, aged from eight to 11 years old.

The tournament will be divided between Urban and Rural Regions, each further subdivided into four zones with seven teams per zone.

The Samsung Cup champions will receive USD$10,000 (J$1.1 million) worth of Samsung products for their school, while the regional winners will be awarded with trophies and medals.

Participating teams will play in Kingston at the University of Technology and at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.

Schools will compete against each other once within their zones, and the top two teams from each zone will advance to the quarter-final round. Winners of each quarter-final advance to the semi-finals, with the final two teams competing for the national championship title on June 7 in Kingston.

"Throughout its history, Samsung has made use of innovation, the most revolutionary technology and discipline to design the best products in the market. In the same manner, we want to be a part of helping these children become young men and women capable of taking on challenges and succeed in sports, as well as their lives," said Young Dae Sin, managing director of Samsung Electronics Latin America.

Chairman of Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) Wayne Robinson praised Samsung for their commitment in the development of football at the grassroots level.

"We are pleased in partnering with Samsung, what they are doing is good for the children. It is about the development of sports in our youths and we will continue to give our support," he said.

The local governing body for the sport, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) through its Technical and Development Commitee chairman Howard McIntosh, has deemed the Samsung Cup an excellent initiative that will strengthen the development of youth football in Jamaica.

Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, a former Jamaica captain, is on board again as the official ambassador for the tournament, while the Usain Bolt Foundation will provide all the balls that will be used in the tournament. Pepsi, meantime, will be the hydration sponsor.

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