Produced by: Dan Hwang
Written by: Poe
The basketball courts that dotted across Shanghai Stadium Sport Complex certainly captivated the majority of Nike Festival of Sports spectators though not all. Several hundred attendees made the b-line for the well churned grassy pitch everyday for the Nike Cup division championships. Now in its second year, some 16 teams from 7 major cities across China attend the Nike Cup as an annual finale to the cleverly named Football Obsessed Teens (or FOTs for short) national soccer program by Nike. Split into age categories U18 and U20, the program propagates the sport of soccer via a grass root style. Among some of the most popular sports in China, involvements in soccer, nevertheless, are limited due to a scarcity in pubic fields, something Nike hopes to change soon. After 3 days of competition, 2 victors took home the Nike Cup for 2011 – Hong Kong won for U20 division and Chengdu went home with U18 division trophy.