MUSCAT: On Saturday the Bausher National Stadium hosted a 4v4 soccer tournament sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

These competitions are open to anybody, regardless of ability and are free to enter.

There were three age groups – Under 10, Under 16 and Adults. In each one, there were eight teams competing to reach the semi-finals, and then the final. With so many people involved there was a nice energy around the pitch, with children and adults mixing together through their love for soccer.

The level of competition, while not the main focus of the day, was excellent with some really exciting games, lots of goals and even more cheering from the voluminous fans and parents watching from the sideline.

In between the group matches and the knockout stages, there was a small break for refreshments. Ginger had set up a food stand near the pitch which provided healthy snacks and drinks.

The three winners for the different age groups were Oman Pumps (under 10), Mercedes-Benz development (under 16) and Maarbelah (adults).

During the presentation of the trophies staff from both Mercedes-Benz and Mosaic Sports were introduced to the participants.

The players then came up to receive their medals, trophies and take photographs.

As the players, their families and friends filtered out of the stadium you could still hear the buzz of excitement that had been there all day.