Samsung kicks off football tournament for channel partners


Galaxy Cup five-a-side competition will see teams compete nationwide for the chance to play in the finals at Chelsea FC’s home ground of Stamford Bridge

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Cup, a nationwide football tournament for its IT and mobile (IM) partners designed to thank them.

The five-a-side tournament begins on November 17, with registration open until September 16 to all Samsung IM partners, male and female.

The Galaxy Cup will see squads of up to 10 players compete for a chance to play in the semi finals at the England team’s national training centre, St George’s Park, and the final at Chelsea FC’s home ground, Stamford Bridge.

It will initially see eight weeks of league football played at 32 participating Goals Soccer Centres nationwide, with channel partners playing weekly round-robin matches taking place on the four Sundays before Christmas and four Sundays in the New Year, ending on February 2.

Each team will wear a Samsung-branded Adidas kit with their team name on the back, with ongoing incentives throughout the tournament including Galaxy Cup spot prizes, given for team and player performances. Finalists will also be managed by a football celebrity coach throughout the final matches, due to take place at Stamford Bridge in May.

This will be covered by a national TV commentary team, with the winning team receiving the trophy on the Stamford Bridge pitch from a Chelsea FC legend.

Through the Samsung Backstage online portal, participants can chart team progress, manage fixtures and view results. Weekly round-ups will be broadcast, hosted by Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves. The semi finals and finals, officiated by Premier League referees, will also be shown on the portal, with additional match commentary and celebrity interviews.

Samsung UK and Ireland vice president of IT and mobile division Simon Stanford said: “Samsung is committed to all of its customers, whether that’s end users or channel partners and the Galaxy Cup gives us an opportunity to support our valued partners and show our appreciation for the hard work they do.”


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