Young footballers refused to be too disheartened by the national team’s World Cup failure by taking part in Preston’s first-ever ‘football mashup’ tournament.
More than 100 players took part in the Bowker Mini Mashup at Cottam Sports Arena.
The team format allowed players to enjoy the thrill of competing in a fun tournament, without needing to be part of a registered football team.
Players were allocated team bibs corresponding the national teams taking part in the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Tournament organiser Peter Mason from the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre said: “The day was a great success. We played a total of 66 games in three hours in the very hot conditions.
“Throughout the day there was not one bit of dissent, not one bad tackle, not one falling out or one disappointed player. All had a great day and asked if it could be repeated.”
A highlight of the event was a football tricks demonstration from Preston-born football freestyler John Farnworth.
He put on a five-minute display before encouraging some of the competitors to share a few tricks of their own.
All the players received a commemorative shirt and a medal from tournament sponsor Bowker Mini.
Graham McMurray from Bowker Mini said: “I’ve never witnessed a mashup tournament before but you could tell by the spirit in which the games were played that it was popular with the players.
“The organisers put on a well-stewarded tournament which was safe, competitive and fun for all.
“There was some real talent on display and we hope everyone enjoyed it.”