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Pepsi 'Changes the Game' of Football

Launches revolutionary new format

'Pepsi T20 Football'

7-Players a Side, 20-Minutes, 1-Cage, New Rules…

An International Football Star, Indian Cricket Stars, Ranbir Kapoor…

This is Football, T20 Style!

New Delhi, 13 March 2012:This year, Pepsi is all set to Change the Game of football… The brand recently announced the launch of its first ever football themed campaign in India, which kick-started with an irreverent and fun ad film featuring Ranbir Kapoor that set the tone for the real action. Pepsi now takes the game forward with a mega football league format with a refreshing twist – Pepsi T20 Football.

Pepsi T20 Football is a revolutionary new format for amateurs, which combines the excitement and fun of T20 style of playing with the speed, thrill and spirit of football. Winners of this nationwide tournament will get a chance to play football, Pepsi T20 way, against the Indian cricket stars . If that is not enough, the Game Changers will also get a once in a lifetime opportunity of being coached by an international football star.

Homi Battiwalla, Category Director - Colas, Hydration & Mango Based Beverages, PepsiCo India said, “Pepsi T20 Football tournament takes forward the philosophy of Change the Game by taking football outside the conventional domain and giving it a refreshing twist. It is a unique grassroots initiative mounted at a never before scale in India that aims to take the excitement around the sport to the next level. With the involvement of Indian cricketers, Bollywood and an international football star; the campaign promises to excite and engage not only the existing passionate football fans but the entire nation.”

Speaking about the tournament, Ranbir Kapoor said, “Being a football enthusiast, I am glad that Pepsi is taking this initiative to popularize the sport amongst the youth of our country. I am proud to be associated with it and confident that Youngistaan will enjoy the new Pepsi T20 Football format”.

To be a part of the Pepsi T20 Football campaign, amateur footballers between the age of 14 & 30 years,/strong> can register in 7-member teams at designated venues. Open to all Indians, on ground registrations and matches will be organized across major Indian cities including Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow, Ludhiana and Delhi. The registration process begins with Chennai on 14th March and tournament will continue till June. 64 teams from each city will compete in knock-out style 20-minute matches and the top 32 will compete in the respective city finales. The city finale will be organized in a unique metallic cage at a public venue with lots of music, fun and Pepsi,. A total of 8 teams, including 1 winning team from each city and 1 wild card entry will compete to emerge as ‘Game Changers’. They will then get the opportunity to be coached by an international football star before they face the Cricket Stars at the Grand Finale.

The tournament will be supported by a 360-degree approach including on-air, outdoor & on-ground initiatives; special edition packaging and digital engagement programmes. Pepsi has partnered with ESPN Star Sports, who will produce and showcase the tournament in a special 8-episode series, starting April 2012.

For more information on participation details, rules & regulations of the Pepsi T20 Football format, registration dates and venues, log on to www.facebook.com/pepsiindia or www.pepsichangethegame.com or call 08888866666.

448 teams, 3136 players, 1 Opportunity of a Lifetime… Change The Game!

About PepsiCo India

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest food and beverage businesses in India. With an investment of over $1 billion, PepsiCo India has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 37 beverage bottling plants and 3 food plants. PepsiCo India’s extensive portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade, Quaker, and fast growing brands i.e. Nimbooz and Aliva.

PepsiCo India is driven by its global commitment to sustainable growth, Performance with Purpose, which works on four planks of replenishing water, partnering with farmers, waste to wealth and healthy kids. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world. In 2010, PepsiCo India gave back 4 billion liters more water than what it consumed, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. For more information, please visit

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Parakram Hazarika / Harpreeti Bassi / Ruchika Gupta                      Nitin Yadav
Genesis Burson-Marsteller                                                        PepsiCo India
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