INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (JUNE)


ARTICIPANTS LAUD AIFF INITIATIVE TO CONDUCT GR LEADERS COURSE IN MARATHI

Participants of AIFF’s first-ever Grassroots Leaders course conducted in regional language in Kolhapur lavished huge praise on the project, labelling it as an “unique initiative.”The course was conducted in Kolhapur in association with the Western India Football Association (WIFA), and the Kolhapur Sports Authority. The course was attended by 24 coaches, and AIFF Head of Grassroots Ms. Anjana Turambekar was the Lead Instructor. Current NEUFC winger Nikhil Kadam who attended the course branded it as a “historic occasion.”
89 ACADEMIES CLEAR ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT FOR 2019/20 SEASON
“This course will, forever, be etched in my memory as the first ever regional language course in Indian Football. With it being conducted in Marathi, I was able to easily understand the concepts, and engage in the course much more proficiently,” he maintained. Priyanka Gawali, an University player, also a referee felt conducting courses in regional languages will prompt more coaches to be a part of future AIFF Coach Education programmes.

“Many coaches start worrying that their lack of English speaking skills may become a barrier in attend Coaching courses,” she quipped. “Language barrier always limits people from upgrading themselves, and acquiring more knowledge,” she said. “With this course being conducted in Marathi, it has benefitted a lot of coaches, especially the ones who work in schools. It was much easier for us to understand the content.”

Rohan Sudhakar Adnaik, a Chilurchill Goa player who also attended the course mentioned that he’s “really glad that the course was flexible, and that now anyone can come be a part of the course.” “If we get more courses like this in our own local dialect, it will benefit football in Kolhapur a lot by empowering, and upgrading many local coaches,” Rohan stated. “I would like to thank AIFF for conducting the course in Marathi.”

Anil Adsule, who coaches his own Academy in Kolhapur stressed that It was “extremely helpful that the course was conducted in the regional language.”"The course was conducted in Marathi, and it helped us understand some of the technical words in a better way. This has given the coaches a lot of confidence to work with children, and train them keeping in mind their psychological and their physical limitations," Adsule explained.

Madhurimaraje Malojiraje Chhatrapati, Member, AIFF Women’s Development Committee Member, and also the WIFA Women’s Committee Chairman mentioned that “the course was immensely beneficial for all.”

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89 ACADEMIES CLEAR ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT FOR 2019/20 SEASON

15.06.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : 89 out of 123 clubs/academies that had applied for the academy accreditation have cleared the criteria this season (2019-20). Out of them, one academy (Reliance Foundation Young Champs) has received a 5-star rating followed by three academies/clubs (Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Delhi), Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC) who have obtained a 4-star rating. Meanwhile, seven academies have also received 'Basic' accreditation.
89 ACADEMIES CLEAR ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT FOR 2019/20 SEASON
The list of successful club/academies in 2019-20 is as follows:

BASIC : New Barrackpore Rainbow AC, Keshab-Uma Charitable Trust Football Academy, Lonestar FC, FF Academy, Pay for Right Youth and Cultural Club (Shillong), Football Leaders Academy - Sri Ma, Green Global Sports Academy.

1-Star : FC Kerala, ARA FC, Guruvayoor Sports Academy, Bangalore Youth Football League, Rangdajied United FC, TYDA, Sreenidhi Football Club, AU Rajasthan, Sports Authority of Jharkhand, The Hooghly District Sports Association, Maximus Prime Sports L. L. P., FAO Academy, Football Plus Professional Soccer Academy, Aazura Football Academy, Youth Soccer Academy, Bhawanipore FC, Real Kashmir FC, Chennai City FC, Aizawl FC, J&K Bank Football Academy, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Punjab), PIFA, Raman Sports Academy, Dhanbad Football Academy, Muthoot Football Academy, Sporting Clube de Goa, Indian Football Academy, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Bengaluru), Churchill Brother FC, Football Academy of Bangalore.

2-Star : Salgaocar FC, Iron Born FC, Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence, Baroda Football Academy, Delhi Dynamos FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Quess East Bengal FC, Conscient Football, SAIL Football Academy (Bokaro), Kerala Blasters FC, Bengal Football Academy, United Punjab Football Club, Football School of India, Roots Football School, Shillong Lajong FC, United Sports Club, FC Pune City, Don Bosco, Oscar SSE, FC Mumbaikars, SESA Football Academy, Raman Vijayan Soccer Schools, Great Goals, ATK, Ozone Football Academy, Baranagar Sporting Club, Numaligarh Football Academy, Stadium Sports Foundation, Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Academy, Mohun Bagan AC, J&K State Football Academy, Somaiya Sports Academy, Round Glass Sports, Gokulam Kerala FC, Sports Hostel Odisha, SAG Football Academy, India Rush Soccer Club, Football Club Mangalore, Kahaani FC, Parappur FC.

3-Star : Boca Juniors Football Schools, FC Madras, Kenkre FC, Youth Football Club, Minerva Punjab FC, Dempo SC.

4-Star : Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Delhi), Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC.

5-Star : Reliance Foundation Young Champs.

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INDIAN U-17 WOMEN’S TEAM TO TRAVEL TO HONG KONG


15.06.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : With the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup slated to be held in India in 2020, the Indian Women’s U-17 National team will be travelling to Hong Kong for an exposure tour on June 16 (Sunday).

INDIA’S MATCHES IN HONG KONG: June 21: India vs Hong Kong U23.
June 23: India vs Taipo TBC.
June 27: India vs Citizen.
June 29: India vs Hong Kong U18.
INDIAN U-17 WOMEN’S TEAM TO TRAVEL TO HONG KONG
The squad members stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Tanu, Manisha, Manju.
DEFENDERS : Nirmala Devi Phanjoubam, Kritina Devi Thounaojam, Nisha, Naketa, Shilky Devi Hemam, Martina Thokchom.
MIDFIELDERS : Daisy Castro, Priyanka Devi Naorem, Astam Orain, Anju, Priyanka Sujeesh Pottekkat, Poonam, Aveka Singh, Mariyammal Balamurgan, Karen Estrocio, Kiran, Antrika.
FORWARDS : Sumati Kumari, Lynda Kom Serto, Amisha Baxla, Sai Sanke.
HEAD COACH : Alex Ambrose.

The girls who have been training in Goa since first week of May 2019 under former India International Alex Ambrose will be playing four matches, the first of which is against Hong Kong U-23 on June 21. Besides, they will also play another with Hong Kong U-18, and two matches against club teams. Although the side has played a number of matches against local teams, Ambrose believes the matches in Hong Kong will give his girls valuable experience to test themselves against tough opponents.

“The matches in Hong Kong will serve as a good experience for the girls. Almost 40 per cent of them are new to the National team set-up, and are still getting used to the flow,” Ambrose stated. “Playing competitive teams will help acclimatise them, and gain an understanding of International football.” He further went on to state that such matches will help test the character of the players. “It will also help us coaches identify the players who have a strong mentality, and tend to take the right decisions even when they are under pressure,” he explained.

Ambrose maintained that the key objective remains to prepare the team for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. “Learning never stops, and that applies to everyone. My players have shown interest, character and the dedication required to be a part of such a big tournament. The future looks good if they keep working hard,” he quipped.

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11.06.2019 : Kyrgyz Republic U-19 1-1, 4-1 (pen) INDIA U-19
KYR : Emir Shigaibaev 88', (PSO: Ryskeldi Artykbaev, Adilet Kanybekov, Ilia Rusakov)
IND : Akash Mishra 74' (PSO: Rohit Danu)

Kyrgyz Republic U-19 <b><font color=red> 1-1, 4-1 (pen) </b></font> INDIA U-19
IND : Prabhsukhan Gill, Muhammed Rafi, Robin Yadav (Sailo Lalchhinhima 88'), Sumit Rathi, Akash Mishra, Sanjeev Stalin (Jitendra Singh 37'), Jeakson Singh, Ricky Shabong (Muhammed Basit 90'), Givson Singh; Harmanpreet Singh, Rohit Danu.

10-MAN INDIA U19 FALL SHORT TO KYRGYZ REPUBLIC IN PENALTY SHOOTOUT

AIFF PRESS RELASE : The Kyrgyz Republic pipped India in the 9-12th position play-off decider of the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in a penalty shoot-out at the Turbostroitel, St. Petersburg today (June 11, 2019). After going down to 10 men in the second minute, India came out bravely to keep the scoreline unscathed in the first half. Akash Mishra (74') opened the scoreline for India before Emir (88') restored the parity two minutes to the end of the regulation time.

In the penalty shoot-out, Harmanpreet Singh, Sailo Lalchhanhima and Jitendra Singh missed the target while the Kyrgyz shooters were spot on to seal the fate of the game. Now, India will face the losers of the play-off match between Armenia and Tajikistan in their final play-off match to decide the 11th and 12th position of the competition.

Ninthoi Meetei, who sat out owing to an aggravated injury from the last match, was replaced by Harmanpreet Singh upfront beside Rohit Danu in the starting lineup. India suffered an early setback having gone down to 10 men in the second minute. On a corner, Sumit Rathi went for the header and in the process, fouled the Kyrgyz goalkeeper Artem Priadkin to put his team one man down.

India got their first considerable chance after the clock crossed the half-hour mark. Rohit Danu sprinted on his own to outpace the defender and roll it to Harmanpreet but before the latter could unleash a shot, Kyrgyz goalkeeper Artem snatched it from his feet. India were showing their positive intent despite having the numerical disadvantage and were able to hold their fortress until the first half ended.

Akash Mishra, the standout performer from the last match, came out with a wonderful opportunity to score his second goal of the tournament two minutes after the restart but the Kyrgyz goalie anticipated it rightly. Prabhsukhan Gill was put under real test in the 70th minute but the calm-headed goalie collected the ball without much fuss to keep the danger away. Akash didn't need to wait more to open the scoreline as he rose above the defenders to head it home in the 74th minute, adding to his tally in the tournament.

As India were inching closer to their first win, Emir put a heavy dent to their hope having scored the equaliser from the edge of the penalty area in the 88th minute. Aidar took it forward and put in a low cross for Emir, who found the net to send the match into the tie-breaker. In the shootout, Rohit Danu started perfectly for India before Harmanpreet, Sailo and Jitendra's efforts were thwarted by Artem to deny the Indians their first win in the tournament.

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08.06.2019 : INDIA 1-0 THAILAND (FT.)
IND : Aniruddh Thapa. 17'.
IND : Amrinder Singh; Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan (C), Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose; Raynier Fernandes (Abdul Sahal 75'), Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Amarjit Singh, Farukh Choudhary (Jackichand Singh 56'); Balwant Singh (Manvir Singh 50').

17': GOALLLLLLLLL 1-0 to India. Aniruddh Thapa scores from Adil Khan's pass.


INDIA <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> THAILAND
INDIA FINISHED 3RD IN 47TH KINGS CUP 2010
The central defence played together for the first time together, and so did the midfield. Even as the stalwarts including Sunil Chhetri were rested, a new young-look India rose to the occasion to beat Thailand 1-0 in the third-place play-off of the King’s Cup in Buriram, Thailand. Anirudh Thapa tapped it in from close in the 17thminute to make the difference.

This is the second victory for the Blue Tigers against the War Elephants in last 6 months -- the first being in the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year. India now move to the Hero Intercontinental Cup to be held in Ahmedabad from July 7-18 where Syria, DPR Korea, and Tajikistan are the other participating teams.

Coach Igor Stimac made as many as eight changes to the starting line-up from India’s last outing against Curacao. Amrinder Singh replaced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu under the bar, with Adil Khan, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Farukh Choudhary, Balwant Singh coming into the starting XI, along with Amarjit Singh and Raynier Fernandes.

Thapa, who had also scored in India’s last meeting against Thailand in the Asian Cup silenced the hostile Thai support in the 17th minute. Following a free-kick, Adil latched onto a loose clearance at the top of the Thai box, and played it delectably behind the defence line for Thapa to put India into the lead.

In fact, Anirudh and Adil were all over the pitch, and the duo could have broken the deadlock in the sixth minute itself, but Adil's powerful header sailed over the crossbar. In the 21st minute, Thai skipper Teerasil Dangda's powerful back-volley found the target, but he was ruled offside. The hosts switched the gear after the half-hour mark but the Indian defenders, led by Sandesh Jhingan, showed their resilience to keep them at bay. Adil also put in a stupendous performance denying the deadly duo of Terrasil and Tristan twice.

India had their best opportunity to double the lead at the stroke of the half-time. Adil played a long ball for Farukh who beat the off-side trap, and ran onto the rival box. But as he hesitated and passed it to onrushing Balwant Singh, rival defender Theerathaon recovered in time to deny Balwant. Changing over, Thailand came out all guns blazing, but the Indians defended stubbornly.Farukh came very close to scoring his first International goal for the Blue Tigers in the 50th minute but his effort from 20 yards bounced off the post. On the rebound, Balwant's right-footed shot hit the side-netting.

In the 60th minute, Terrasil made a terrific attempt but Sandesh's timely block left him frustrated. Nine minutes later, Thai goalkeeper Siwarak misjudged Theerathon's backpass and in the process, could have ended conceding an own-goal but the post saved Thailand once again. In the process of making a desperate clearance, defender Suphan Thongsonghurt himself, and had to be stretchered off.

Stimac introduced Manvir Singh, Jackichand Singh and Abdul Sahal in the second half. Within seconds of coming in, Sahal sprinted down the heart of the pitch before passing the ball to Thapa, but the latter waited for that split extra second to help the rival defence close down. Chamrasee, who came off the bench, could have broken Indian hearts in the 88th minute. But he mistimed the header off a curling free-kick; and in added time, Amrinder saved a blinder of a save to deny skipper Terrasil once again.

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05.06.2019 : CURACAO 3-1 INDIA (FT..)
CURACAO : Eloy Room, Cuco Martina, Darryl Lachman, Jurich Carolina, Michael Maria, Roly Bonevacia, Leandro Bacuna, Gevaro Nepomuceno, Jurien Gaari, Elson Hooi, Jafar Arias

INDIA : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Sandesh Jhingan, Rahul Bheke, Pritam Kotal,Pronay Halder, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri.

FULL TIME Curacao beat India in 3-1 in the Kings Cup Opener.
90'+2':Back to back two corner of Sunil. Sandesh's fine header blocked by Eloy and he collect the second one easily.
90'+1':Soosairaj's minus, blocked. Corner to India.
90':4 minutes of added time.
89':Chhetri to Soosairaj, just little heavy made it easy to keeper Eloy to collect.
88':Yellow Card to Rahul Bheke for his bad tackle.
86':India looks more positive side in the second half. Some good attacks, better procession but can not convert their chances so far.
85':Sunil with a fine header, just over the post.
85':Raynier with a good move from left flank, but a wasted pass cleared in defence.
83':Short corner of Curacao, cleared in defence.
79':Chance to Amarjit from Sahal's pass, good block in Curacao box.
72':Udanta's corner, Rahul's header went wide.
71':Chance to Sahal, but ball went over the net. Corner to India.
70':Raynier's corner kick, cleared in defence.
69':Udantas cross blocked by Cuco, corner to India.
66':Substitution for India: Soosairaj in place of Brandon.
61':Another Sahal, Udanta combination, but Udanta's cross cleared in defence.
56':Raynier's long ranger, went over the bar.
55':Good move through Sahal and Udanta, Udanta's cross blocked in defence.
50':Sunil committed foul in corner kick.
49':Pritam's throw-in, cleared. Corner to India.
49':Udanta's low cross, cleared by Cuco.
46':Double Substitution for India: Lallianzuala Chhangte is replaced by Raynier Fernandes while Pronay Halder makes way for Amarjit Singh.
46':Second half resumed.
HALF TIME Curacao leading 3-1 against India in King's Cup opener.
45'+2':Chance to Elson, but heavy touch in box help Sandesh to clear the ball.
45'+1':Short corner, blocked by Chhangte.
45':2 minutes of added time.
44':Free kick deflected and went wide. Corner to Curacao.
44':Chhangte committed foul. Free kick to Curacao in a very good position.
42':Chance to Udanta, good save by Curacao keeper Eloy. One of the best move by India in the game so far.
39':Another corner kick to Curacao.
35':Arais's long ranger, straight to Gurpreet's hand.
33':GOALLLLLLLLL Leandro Bacuna advanced Curacao once again. Open space to Bacuna outside box, his powerful shot finds the net.
31':GOALLLLLLLLLL Sunil Chhetri scored his 68th goal from spot kick.
29':PENALTY to India after Sahal is blocked in box.
22':Udanta's cross, cleared in defence.
17': GOAAALLLLLLLL Elson advanced Curacao with a long fine run, beat Gurpreet and a fine shot beat Sandesh in goalline.
15':GOALLLLLLL Roly advanced Curacao.
10':Curacao's corner, Sandesh's header cleared the ball.
7':India's first move, good run of Sahal, cross went wide.
5':Curacao maintaining their procession in the early minutes.
0':Kick off.
0':Teams are in the field. Match is about to start.
0':Sunil Chhetri become most capped Indian International player. Sunil Chhetri -108 Games. Baichung Bhutia 107 Games.


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ISL champions Bengaluru FC to start Soccer Schools center in Adani Shantigram
BFC PRESS RLEASE - 03.06.2019 : Grassroots Programme To Provide Football Coaching For Children Between Five And Sixteen Years Of Age. Shantigram, Ahmedabad: Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC announced on Friday that its newest BFC Soccer Schools center will soon be functional at the Adani Shantigram Football Ground, in Shantigram, Ahmedabad.
ISL champions Bengaluru FC to start Soccer Schools center in Adani Shantigram
With 14 functional centres in Bengaluru and their recent tie-up with Sporthood taking their reach to over 35 centres in the city over the coming weeks, Adani Shantigram will be the first venue outside Karnataka to have a BFC Soccer School.

“We’re really proud to announce our first center outside Karnataka, at the Adani Shantigram Football Ground. During the Summer Camp earlier this year we had classes in Mangalore, and the move to Gujarat highlights another step towards harnessing the talent from outside Karnataka. We hope to be able to identify children with potential and add them to our academy in the coming years through BFC Soccer Schools,” said Naushad Moosa, the club’s Head of Youth Development.

"We are delighted that Bengaluru FC team has chosen Adani Shantigram for its maiden Soccer Schools facility outside Karnataka. Exposure to state-of-the-art training and mentorship could be a defining development for aspiring footballers in Ahmedabad and neighbouring areas," said Mr. Ranjeev Mahindru, Chief Executive Officer- Gujarat Region, Adani Township & Real Estate Company Pvt Ltd.

Beginning on June 4, 2019 classes will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 6 and 7 pm for children between five and sixteen years of age. The program will be conducted by licensed youth coaches of the club, who will monitor the progress of the players while also following the technical curriculum provided by the club’s Head of Youth Development.

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