Egyptian property development company Ora Developers announced Wednesday the launch of the first edition of the ZED Cup, taking place between August 25th and 30th 2019, at ZED’s newly launched state-of-the-art sports complex located in the ZED Park.
"For the first time in Egypt, Ora Developers is inviting the U13 teams of some of the biggest football clubs in the world to take part in the ZED Cup and ignite the Egyptian community with this one-of-a-kind championship, organized by Z bling Effect," reads a statement from the company.
According to the statement, the football clubs invited to participate in the ZED Cup include Parma Calcio 1913, Udinese Calcio, Valencia CF, Olympique de Marseille, K.A.A. Gent, Deportivo Alavés and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Academy Egypt.
Additionally, the company said that football scouts from all the participating clubs, including scouts from PSG F.C. and AS Monaco FC, will accompany the teams. Moreover, young Egyptian players have the chance to participate in the tournament during PSG Academy Egypt’s official tryouts starting 20th July, 2019, in Cairo, the North Coast’s Diplomatic Village 3, and Hacienda.
"The official draw ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, 25th August, 2019 at the Marriott Mena House hotel, where all the coaching staff and players will be staying. Whereas the championship will be held at the ZED Sports Complex, located in the ZED Park, set to officially open its gates in October 2019," the statement explained.
"The five-day football tournament will take place in ZED’s world-class FIFA-accredited soccer Grass Master pitch. The duration of each match will be 40 minutes split into two 20-minute halves, and will be presided over by official referees.
"The matches will comprise of eight players on the field (goalkeeper included) and three substitutes per team. Moreover, this dynamic championship will follow the regular football stages, starting off with the group phase matches, followed by the play-offs, the semi-final, concluding with the final game," added the statement.
CEO of Ora Developers Haitham Mohamed commented saying, “We’re thrilled to be hosting some of the biggest and world-renowned football clubs, to take part in our first edition of the ZED Cup.
"We’re always looking to support the sports community, especially the youth, so we thought no better way than organizing a tournament for young aspiring footballers to show off their talent and untapped potential. We’re delighted to be kicking off events at our world-class ZED Sports Complex located at ZED Park, which will host many exciting events in the near future.”
"Following the final game, a closing ceremony will be held to award the winning team with the first ZED Cup. Upon the conclusion of the championship, players will be taken on a touristic day to include the Great Pyramids of Giza and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization," the Ora Developers statement concluded.