Let’s play “Rush Goalie” - Εικόνα

Children’s football tournament

The Stavros Niarchos Park transforms into a big stadium to host, in partnership with the “Regeneration & Progress” NGO, the children’s football tournament “Let’s play Rush Goalie”.  

“Rush Goalie” (in Greek “mpakoterma”) is an informal football match variation where there is no official goalkeeper. The goalkeeper position is taken by the player appointed “rush goalie” when they are within the penalty area – so they are always rushing between the goal and normal outfield play! Games of “Rush Goalie” have always filled impromptu playing fields with the excited cries of children, which will soon resound across the Stavros Niarchos Park, to reignite our love for football.  

The game of football, undoubtedly one of the most popular sports, is played worldwide and often provides a welcome break from the strains of everyday life. Our young football lovers will form their teams and play “Rush Goalie” at the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Park, to exercise and have fun while learning about values such as collaboration, team spirit and respect.  

Design - Implementation: “Regeneration & Progress”

Stay tuned and discover “Rush Goalie” through an exciting quiz (in Greek)! 


Participation Guidelines
There will be two age categories, consisting of both boys and girls:

Ages 10-12 (born 2009-2011)
Matches between teams in this age category will take place in the following dates: 
May: 31
June: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15
Quarter final: 16/6, 17/6           
Semi final: 18/6              
Final: 19/6     
Duration: 18.00 – 19.00 & 19.00 – 20.00  

Ages 13-15 (born 2006-2008)
Matches between teams in this age category will take place in the following dates: 
June: 28, 29, 30
July: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13      
Quarter final: 14/7, 15/7          
Semi final: 16/7              
Final: 17/7     
Duration: 18.00 – 19.00 & 19.00 – 20.00         

Each team will be made up of four players.
The times can be mixed (girls and boys) or non-mixed. Games will last for 45 minutes (two halves of 20 minutes, with a 5-minute break).
The maximum number of participants in each age category is 16 teams, which will be drawn into groups.

All participants participating in the tournaments will receive a special t-shirt and the winning team will receive a prize. 

Each team must appoint a manager aged 18 and above, who will collect a signed consent form from the parents/guardians of each team member; signed consent forms for all four team members must be submitted at the day of the event in hardcopy by the team manager before the team’s participation in the tournament in order to confirm their participation. 

Read the tournament’s rules here.
Click here for match dates and times as per the tournament schedule

Registrations open on Wednesday April 21st at 15.00. Show your interest by registering here.

In keeping with public health measures, the dates and/or conditions of the tournament may be subject to change. 

See also

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Sunday 27/06, 18:00

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Sunday 20/06, 17:00

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