It's time for this year's Embassy Friendly Cup! Where BEFC hosts Japanese company NSK and a number of invitational guest teams at the Embassy for a Futsal Competition and BBQ!
What is the Friendly Cup?
BEFC hosts its own ‘Embassy Friendly Cup’ held on the Embassy with Japanese company NSK and additional invitational teams. NSK opened the first Japanese factory in the UK, and this long running relationship is recognised in this cup.
In previous years NSK would invite BEFC down to their pitches near Nagoya and put on a tournament and host us. BEFC now host the ‘Friendly Cup’, a 6 team futsal tournament and BBQ held at the British Embassy in Hanzomon, Tokyo.
BEFC Friendly Cup 2016
The Friendly Cup BBQ is also a social event and open to all BEFC Members, close friends and family. Those who just wish to come for the Social can arrive at 18:30 for BBQ.
As with all Embassy events, photo ID and pre-registration is required to be permitted on the grounds, and the Embassy is 100% no smoking. Also you must be escorted on and off the grounds by an Embassy Member, so please do not be late (Get there before 14:00).
This year's teams are BEFC Red, BEFC White, NSK, Keidanren, Adecco & British Council
There is a squad limit of 10 players per team for reasons of capacity.
However you can still join the BBQ and/or spectate and help out.
The tournament is a round robin, in which each team plays each other once in 7 minute games.
The top two teams play off in the Friendly Cup Final, which is 10 minutes. There are final matches for 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th.
There are no referees in the Friendly Cup, it is down to sportsmanship hence the name.
The Friendly Cup is about sportsmanship and enjoying football more than winning the title.
In a case where there are more than 2 equal top teams in the round robin, it will come down to overall goal difference and then if tied results against each other.