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Score with Visa Financial Football

by Alyaa Alhadjri
Sun2Surf: Malaysian Source for News & Lifestyle

FOOTBALL fans across the Asia Pacific have been logging on to the Visa Financial Football online game in a bid to get closer to the real game happening in South Africa from June 11 to July 11. Participants of the month-long online competition launched on April 5 has so far scored more than 12,000 goals in their attempts to win a trip for two to the 2010 FIFA World Cup – that is 81 times the number of goals scored at the last FIFA World Cup in Germany. With just a few days to the May 7 contest deadline, its official website shows that Malaysia’s own Choo Leong Lim currently sits at the top of the leaderboard.

Visa country manager (Malaysia) Stuart Tomlinson said: "The Visa Financial Football online game combines two causes which are close to our hearts – promoting financial literacy and uniting the world through sport – with our sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We’re very encouraged by the response to the game and it’s also heartening to see a player from Malaysia topping the leaderboard at this moment. "

The free game tests players’ money management knowledge with multiple choice questions set at varying difficulty levels. Participants are quizzed on topics such as commonly used financial terms, interest rate calculations and general financial knowledge. With each correct answer, players pass, dribble and score their way through an interactive football match. Players are awarded points based on the number of questions answered correctly, difficulty level and the number of goals scored. Players also receive bonus points for answering all questions correctly.

The four players with the highest scores at the end of the contest period will each win a package for two (inclusive of airfares and accommodation) valued at US$12,000 to watch two 2010 FIFA World Cup preliminary round matches live in South Africa. In addition, the best 11 players will each receive a Visa FIFA merchandise pack.

The Visa Financial Football competition is open to Visa cardholders and also to students aged 15 and above, residing in Asia Pacific. The game is available in five different languages (English, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean.

To take part, log on to: www.visa-asia.com/financialfootball.

Players can also follow the competition on http://twitter.com/visafootball for updates on scores and game tips.