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One of the most alternative (and best) football events is happening next week

The inaugural Jansen Cup - the Ryder Cup equivalent for FootGolf, is taking place next week in Los Angeles

The end of the football season often leaves fans bereft of entertainment, and with no major international tournaments taking place this year, many of us will be struggling for entertainment for a few weeks.

So allow us to sate your appetite for summer football by introducing you to one of the most unique sporting events you’ll see around – the Jansen Cup.

And do, it’s nothing to do with Tottenham Hotspur’s slightly underwhelming Dutch striker.

The Jansen Cup is the inaugural event that will pit the best FootGolf players from the UK against the top talents of the USA – think of it like football golf’s version of the Ryder Cup.

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If you’re a little confused by the whole thing, stick with us – FootGolf, if you don’t know, is the hybrid of football and golf, only you kick a football rather than hit a golf ball with clubs.

The holes are, obviously, bigger than a normal golf hole, but aside from that it’s largely the same as the ancient sport.

Taking place on Monday to Wednesday next week in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, 48 players will play in daily matches over the course of the three days.

And Dream Team are going to be there on every kick of the course. 

Desert Willow golf course, where the inaugural Jansen Cup will be taking place

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Desert Willow golf course, where the inaugural Jansen Cup will be taking place

This biennial event honours Michael Jansen, one of the creators of the sport of FootGolf.

Just as Samuel Ryder’s name lives on in golf folklore, so too will Jansen’s as FootGolf grows into an international, mainstream sport.

The Ryder Cup is golf’s preeminent event, originally conceived in 1927 as a battle of golf’s best from Great Britain and the United States. Ninety years later, The UK and the US will commence a new competition also staged on a golf course – FootGolf’s first Jansen Cup.

So keep your eyes peeled on Dream Team as we follow the players, discover what playing FootGolf as a professional entails, and how the pros made it to that level.