THE Thirsty Cup will hold its seventh edition today but this early, organizers are planning bigger things for its 10th edition.

Neil Montesclaros, one of the organizers of the annual event, wants the Thirsty Cup to go international three years from now.

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“For our 10th edition, we are planning to bring in international teams. We are targeting teams from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Asian countries that are near,” said Montesclaros, who plans to work this out by coordinating with the Department of Tourism.

Montesclaros said one of the problems Thirsty foresees is contacting teams and the having a big enough venue.

“It’s a dream. What we need to do is to establish contacts with the teams. Also, we have to have a field that will not embarrass us,” said Montesclaros.

He said the Thirsty Cup is now the biggest football festival in the Visayas and Mindanao and is dwarfed only by the Alaska Cup in Manila.

This year, more than 200 teams have joined the seventh edition, which will start today at the Cebu City Sports Center.

“It has the greatest number of teams. It is the biggest football festival in the Visayas and Mindanao. It also has a lot of out-of-town teams,” said Montesclaros yesterday.

The tournament will start with the games in the Players 8, 10, Boys 12, 14, 17, 19, Girls 12, 17 and Girls 19 today at 5 p.m.