Team South Africa shines in Alexandra
posted by Paul Kelly
on 9 July 2010
The opening ceremony of the tournament
The second week of the Football for Hope Festival is the Football Tournament where 32 delegations from all over the world compete against each other and promote FIFA Fair Play Principles. After losing their first game against a very strong Diambars Team from Senegal, Team South Africa won four of the next six games and have qualified to compete for the Football for Hope Cup. Congratulations !!!
The tournament is played in a way that promotes FIFA′s Fair Play Principles. Each game is divided into three halves. The first half is a pre game mediation session where teams meet and agree on the rules for the game. In the second half, the teams compete in a 12-minute game which is self-refereed. When a foul is committed, the players raise their hands, and jointly agree on a fair decision. In the third half, the teams meet again to discuss if the rules that were agreed to before the game were adhered to. Each team has the opportunity to award the opposition an extra point for fair play if they they believe the game was played fairly. So far, Team South Africa has received a fair play point in each of their games -- well done boys and girls.
The team has two more group stage games today before the knockout stages tomorrow. Good luck and continue to play in the spirit of fair play.