The first silverware of the season in Lithuania was handed out this past week and the skirmishes are to begin for the second this weekend.
Thee was a curtain raiser to the new small sided football season started in Lithuania. The new season started with a Lithuanian 6 a side Arimex Cup tournament where eight teams from all over Lithuania competed for the first trophy of the season.
Eight teams – Hegelmann Minifootball, Arsenalas, KKSC Prienai – Pozityvūs, KTU United, El Dorado, Klaipėda City, Merkys and Imsrė were split into two groups and two top teams from the group continued their adventure in the semi-finals.
Last year’s Cup winners El Dorado triumphed in group A and Klaipėda City took second place. In group B, Hegelmann Minifootball won all three games and Arsenalas managed to get second place with four points.
However, Arsenalas were the who managed to get luck on their side. In the semi-final, they beat reigning winners El Dorado after the sudden death shoot-out, and in the final, the same scenario was repeated. Hegelmann Minifootball and Arsenalas finished in a 2-2 draw.
Together with the trophy, which was presented by the Lithuanian national team coach Valdas Ivanauskas, Arsenalas won the opportunity to participate in the ISF Champions League tournament in August and represent Lithuania there, together with last year’s Lithuanian championship winners Klaipėda City.
The Lithuanian championship, will start this Saturday. This year seven teams will participate in the tournament in order to be called the best small sided football team in the country.
Those seven teams are reigning champions Klaipėda City, last year’s vice-champions Hegelmann Minifootball, bronze medal winners Jurbarko Imsrė. Kaunas Arsenalas, Varėna Merkys, KKSC Prienai – Pozityvūs and SC Akmenė will also try to challenge last year’s victors
Lithuanian small side football championship will be played in a two-leg system throughout 5 different stages in different Lithuanian cities. The end of the Lithuanian championship is planned for the 17th of September or the 24th of September.