The train to Moscow is going to leave on May 31 from Bansko and your boys’ team, who are born in 2007 can win a free trip to the beautiful Russian capital. All you have to do is to register for the third edition of the Lokoball-RZD tournament. The attractive competition, organized by the Children's Football League of Russia (DFL) and the Locomotive RTS together with the Russian Railways (RZD), will be held for a 13th consecutive year. For the fourth time in Bulgaria there will be qualification for the final stage in Moscow. Since 2014 the official representative of the tournament in Bulgaria is "Evima Football", thanks to the signed official contract for cooperation with DFL.
When and where?
This year's edition of "Lokoball-RZD" in Bulgaria will take place from 31 May to 3 June. The tournament for boys born 2007 (U11) will be held on the excellent-prepared terrains of "Evima Football" in the town of Bansko. The winner will get the right to participate in the final stage of the tournament in Moscow, absolutely for free - at the expenses of the organizers.
What has happened so far?
In 2014, during the first Qualification Tournament of Locomotive-RZD organized by the "Evima Football", the football battle brought together the teams of PAOK (Thessaloniki, Greece), Vojvodina (Nis, Serbia), Pandev Academy (Skopje, Macedonia), Hadji Academy (Bucharest, Romania), Ariston (Rousse, Bulgaria), Cherno more (Varna, Bulgaria), Spartak Varna, Bulgaria), and Izida (Dobrich, Bulgaria). The first place was won by the PAOK boys, who eventually triumphed at the Moscow Super Cup.
Last year in Bulgaria was the so called "Seven Rila Lakes" train station of "Lokoball-RZD". In the competition took part the teams of Steaua (Bucharest, Romania), Real (Nis, Serbia), Montana (Montana, Bulgaria), Bansko (Bansko, Bulgaria), Dobrudja (Dobrich, Bulgaria), Preciz (Montana, Bulgaria) and Steaua-2 (Bucharest, Romania). After a very good performance and victory over Steaua-1 in the final, winners became the boys of Dobrudja, who later on travelled to the finals in Moscow.
For the level of the children's football festival "Lokoball-RZD", speaks well the fact that in the previous editions of the tournament in Bulgaria it has been visited by legends of Bulgarian football. The prizes of the young football players were awarded by Dimitar Berbatov and Zlatko Yankov, and in the last year the winners of the prizes were awarded by the Bulgarian national team manager Petar Hubchev.
The tournament in 2018
This year we expect to be hot at "Lokoball-RZD" Bansko. All previous participants in the competition from abroad - Steaua (Bucharest, Romania), Real (Nis, Serbia), PAOK (Thessaloniki, Greece), Vojvodina (Nis, Serbia), Academia Pandev (Skopie, Macedonia), Academia Hajji (Bucharest), as well as the leading Bulgarian training clubs – Levski (Sofia), CSKA (Sofia), Ludogorets (Razgrad, Sofia), Slavia (Sofia), Cherno more (Varna), Botev (Plovdiv), Beroe (Stara Zagora), Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), Pirin (Blagoevgrad), etc. are invited. Hurry to sign up your team for participation because the places are limited.
"Lokoball-RZD" Children's Football Festival is one of the biggest projects in the history of children's football in Russia. The general sponsor of the event is the Russian Railways (RZD) and the organizers are the Russian Sports Club Lokomotiv and the Children's Football League. The motto of the festival is "Lokoball - this is the road to the big football". The first edition of the tournament was in 2007 and since then it has grown steadily. In 2008, it reached all parts of Russia, and 2000 children's teams and nearly 40,000 boys and girls took part in it. In 2009, the players were 45,000 out of 2500 teams, and since 2010, the tournament has already gone beyond Russian borders, with qualifications in Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Kazakhstan. Since 2012 the Qualifications for the finals of Lokoball-RZD are held in other countries - Moldova and Lithuania, and since 2013 in Bulgaria, too.