Beach football competition in Phuket

Beach football is gaining in popularity in many parts of the world. File photo.

KARON, PHUKET: Karon Municipality is organizing a five-a-side beach football tournament in early August with 74,000 baht in prize money up for grabs.

The competition, being held to celebrate HM Queen Sirikitís birthday on August 12, will kick off on August 1.

The competition is also aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles and keeping children off drugs.

Match play will take place on the stretch of Karon Beach in front of Movenpick Resort and Spa Karon.

Each five-a-side team can register a maximum of 12 players.

The tournament is divided into three competition categories:

Amateur Open: Players of all nationalities welcome, provided they do not also play at a professional or semi-professional level. Registration is 2,000 baht per team.

Karon Residents Open: Open to Thai nationals with names listed on a house registration form in Karon Municipality before January 1, 2007. Registration is 1,500 baht per team.

Youth Open: Open to players 17 years of age or younger. Open to all nationalities. Registration is 1,500 baht per team.

Registration will take place at Karon Municipality Offices in Kata from July 1 to July 27, when the group divisions and match-ups will be determined by a lucky draw.

For more information, contact the Education Department at Karon Municipality (Tel/Fax: 076-330478), or visit

Phuket Gazette