INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (OCT)


Hero I-League club owners and officials meeting with AIFF and FSDL

AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 15/11/2019 :Hero I-League club owners and officials lauded the efforts made by AIFF and FSDL to bring DSport as the new broadcasters for the upcoming season of the league. Earlier this week, the All India Football Federation announced that DSport will broadcast all the matches of the Hero I-League with an eight-camera setup. The various clubs in the league lauded this move as we head into the new season.

“I think that it’s really good that all the matches will be broadcasted on DSport. I feel that the I-League is one of the best properties in the country. So we are really looking forward to DSport building and strengthening the league with its broadcast,” said Churchill Brothers Director Valanka Alemao. Punjab FC director Ranjit Bajaj went on to term the DSport deal as a “new dawn” for the Hero I-League, urging all fans to tune in to their channels and platforms.

“This is like a new dawn for Indian Football. Now, with DSport coming in, we all need to download their app and tune in to their channel to watch the I-League matches,” said Bajaj. Sandeep Chattoo, co-owner of Real Kashmir FC said, “Our fans are really looking forward to the upcoming games. We have a fantastic following of fans, not just back home, but now all over the country. With DSport coming in, it will be a fantastic experience for all the fans, as all the matches will be telecasted.”

The Kolkata Giants – Quess East Bengal and Mohun Bagan – have two of the largest fan-bases across the country, and their club management welcomed this move. Green and Maroons Director Srinjoy Bose believes that there this move is a huge “boost” for the game.

“It’s very important for a new broadcaster to come in and show interest in football. A sports broadcaster coming in and showing interest is definitely a boost for the game,” he said. “With the help of AIFF and FSDL, we have changed the thinking on I-League. I-League will now be a much attractive and interesting event this year.”

Quess East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen rounded off perfectly, saying that the overall quality of the league will also improve with the new broadcast deal. “I would like to sincerely thank AIFF, FSDL and DSport. There will be television broadcast and there will be streaming broadcast, so we really feel that it will improve the overall league, and we are looking forward to it,” he said.

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TWO NOMINATIONS FOR INDIA AT UPCOMING AFC ANNUAL AWARDS 2019

AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 15/11/2019 : The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the nominees for the AFC Annual Awards Hong Kong 2019 on Friday (November 15, 2019), with India receiving nominations in two categories.Senior Women's National Team captain Ashalata Devi has been nominated for the AFC Player of the Year (Women) award while the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is one of three federations named as nominees for AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Developing).

Ashalata, who has been named alongside China's Li Ying and Japan's Saki Kumagai, expressed her delight at the nomination, saying it is a "dream come true". "This really is like a dream come true for me. You never really think of these milestones when you are growing up but I'm very happy that the hard work that I've put in over the years has got recognition on the continental level," she said.

The centre-back added, "I would like to thank our coaches Maymol Rocky and Chaoba Devi for giving me the right guidance and motivation over the years. Also, the credit goes to my amazing teammates. It is an absolute privilege to lead them out onto the pitch every single match." Head coach Maymol Rocky praised Ashalata on this honour, saying, "She really deserves this and it is a testament to the hard work put in by her over the years. I am really happy for her and for the whole team as well, who have been highlighted at continental level with this nomination."

India, along with Singapore and Hong Kong, have been nominated for the AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Developing) this year, having won the award previously in 2014 as well. The nomination coincides with the launch of the Golden Baby Leagues earlier this year, which will lay emphasis on young children between ages under 6 to under 12 as they form the golden age for learning – both for girls and boys.

It has already started making waves across the country – and is aimed at enabling a smoother transition for young kids who aim to make it big and popularize the sport across India. The final award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 2

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Australia international David Williams wins ISL Hero of the Month Award for October

09.11.2019-AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Australia international David Williams has won the ISL Hero of the Month Award for October. The 31-year-old saw off competition from several star names in the Indian top tier competition including Bartholomew Ogbeche of Kerala Blasters, two time Golden Boot winner Ferran Corominas of FC Goa, Sergio Castel of Jamshedpur and Amrinder Singh of Mumbai City FC.

Australia international David Williams wins ISL Hero of the Month Award for October

Williams has been rewarded for his outstanding performance last month scoring three goals and one assist for his new club ATK in the Indian Super League 2019-20 season. The former Willington Phoenix striker scored a brace against Hyderabad FC in a 5-0 home game and the decisive winning game against Chennaiyin FC in the away game.

He emerged as a clear choice by a panel of seven expert, comprising of commentators. A two-day voting by fans gave Ogbeche an edge over Williams, however the expert panel clearly voted for the Australian unanimously. Williams received the Hero of the Month Award trophy from his coach Antonio Habas ahead the ATK’s home game against Jamshedpur FC on Saturday.

Born in Brosbane, Australia, Williams had training stints with Belgian side Club Brugge KV and Premier League team Liverpool during his youth before signing his first professional contract with Queensland Roar. The striker has played for various A-League sides over the course of his career and also for European clubs like Brondby and Haladas. The Australian international was in Wellington Phoenix's books last season, where he scored 11 goals in the A-League and developed a lethal partnership with Roy Krishna, with whom he is piling his trade at ATK in ISL this season.

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AIFF APPOINTS THOMAS DENNERBY AS HEAD COACH OF U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP TEAM

09.11.2019-AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The All India Football Federation confirms the appointment of Thomas Dennerby as the Head Coach of the Indian Women's U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 Women's World India 2020. The 60-year-old UEFA Pro Diploma holder comes with a rich experience of 30 years of coaching, in which he guided Sweden Women's National Team to a third-place finish in the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011, and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

AIFF APPOINTS THOMAS DENNERBY AS HEAD COACH OF U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP TEAM

His last assignment was with the Nigerian Senior Women's National Team where he coached the Super Falcons in the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019. He also guided the Nigerian women to win the AWCON 2018, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria. Sweden are currently ranked 5 in the FIFA Ranking, while Nigeria are at 36.

Welcoming Dennerby on board, Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation said: "Thomas is the right candidate to coach the Women's U-17 Team in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020. I am confident that with his vast experience, he will be able to implement the technicalities of modern day football among the future generation of the Indian women's football team. I wish him good luck." Meanwhile, Dennerby thanked AIFF for making him a "part of the project".

"It is a big challenge to be coaching the host of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020. I am extremely humbled and grateful to the AIFF for giving me the responsibility to groom the team for the World Cup," he stated. "There are 12 months still left for the mega event and that with my experience of having coached in World Cups, Olympics, European Championships, I would be able to stitch them into a formidable team. The optimism and cooperation amongst all in the Federation makes me feel we will achieve it together," he further stated.

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is slated to held from November 2-21, 2020.

Mr. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India in his statement said, "I'm very happy and proud to learn that former Swedish National Women's Football Coach Thomas Dennerby is taking charge of the Indian U-17 Women's National Team for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. "Sweden has a long and rich history of football with the Women's National Team currently ranked 5 in the world. We have also won medals in several World and European Championships. Women's football is important as a sport and as a route to empowerment and equality. We look forward to supporting India on this exciting journey," Mr. Molin further stated.

"Thomas Dennerby is a well-known and respected personality in Swedish Football – both as an excellent former player, and as a coach. I wish him and India's promising team and the entire Indian footballing community all the best for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and beyond." All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said, "Indian women's football would immensely benefit under Thomas Dennerby.

"His credentials as a coach is sure to add immense value to the players, and the overall ecosystem of women's football in India. I am sure he will help the U-17 Women's team evolve into mature players in their quest to bring further glory to women's football in India." Besides, Dennerby has also coached in the FIFA World Cup in China 2007, the 2009 European Championships for Women, and was involved with the Swedish FA for scouting and analytical purposes in European Championships in 2013 and 2017, FIFA World Cup 2015, and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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INDIAN WOMEN'S TEAM AIMS FOR 'GOOD RESULTS' AGAINST VIETNAM

30.19.2019-AIFF PRESS REELEASE : The Indian senior women's national team exuded confidence before departing for Vietnam on Wednesday (October 30, 2019), where they will play two FIFA International friendlies next month. The team that has won the SAFF Women's Championship, impressed in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 and finished third in the COTIF Cup in Spain this year, set camp in New Delhi for six days before flying off to Vietnam.
The Indian squad of 23 is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Aditi Chauhan, Panthoi Chanu, M Linthoingambi Devi.
DEFENDERS : Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Michel Castanha, Sweety Devi, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi Devi.
MIDFIELDERS : Roja Devi, Grace Lalrampari, Karthika Angamuthu, Manisha, Ratanbala Devi, Ritu Rani, Sangita Basfore, Sanju, Sumithra Kamaraj.
FORWARDS : Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Daya Devi, Bala Devi, Renu.
HEAD COACH : Maymol Rocky

Head coach Maymol Rocky believes that the team has now reached the point where they need to play higher-ranked opposition like Vietnam (34, as compared to India's 57), in order to further improve. "I think this is the first time that we will play against Vietnam. It's all about playing against higher-ranked teams so that we can further improve ourselves," said Rocky.

While the team prepares for the two matches against Vietnam, which are set to be held on November 3 and November 6, the head coach constantly had one eye on the 2022 Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers next year. "Right now, our efforts are to match them and be better than them. It's only when we play better teams that we can gauge our strengths and weaknesses," she quipped.

"Our main aim is to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup. We need to have patience and keep improving at the same time," she further said. Captain and centre-back Ashalata Devi believes that although Vietnam are a higher-ranked side, the hard work put in by the Indian girls will manifest into results on the pitch.

"Obviously Vietnam are a much higher-ranked team than us. But this doesn't mean that we can't beat them," said Ashalata."We have been working really hard and improving, so we will be up for the fight." Ashalata's fellow centre-back Sweety Devi feels that the responsibility will be on the two of them to organise the team from the back.

"It's not going to be easy, playing against Vietnam, and as defenders, the responsibility will be on Asha di and me to organise the team," she said."But having someone as experienced as her at the back helps a lot, as she reads the game and instructs everyone accordingly. I think if we all fight together, keep ourselves calm, and stick to the plan, we can get good results out of Vietnam."

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FIXTURE - 39th SIKKIM GOVERNORS GOLD CUP 2019

39th SIKKIM GOVERNORS GOLD CUP

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AFC APPROVE THE ROADMAP OF INDIAN FOOTBALL
KFC NEWS DESK-26.10.19:The Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee in a meeting at Vietnam aprove the roadmap of Indian football which will going to implement from the forth coming season. The endorsement was finalise by AFC after the ISL and I League participating clubs as well as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance met at a meetin at Kuala Lumpur on 14th of October.

The details of the roadmap are as follows:
1. In season 2019-20, the ISL will attain the status of premier league competition in Indian football.

2. The AFC will allow the winning ISL club to represent India in the AFC Champions League play-offs, and the I-League winner will get to play in the AFC Cup play-off.

3. Another key recommendation by the AFC is to open a pathway for two I-League clubs’ entry into the ISL by the end of the 2020-21 season, subject to the criteria being fulfilled.

4. In addition, starting with the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 season, the winner of the I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee, basis fulfilling sporting merit and the national club licensing criteria to be set out by the AIFF. There will be no relegation in the ISL at this time.

5. In its recommendation for 2024-25, it is agreed to fully implement promotion and relegation into the top league, and abolition of two parallel leagues.

The document will now be distributed to all stakeholders for their information and future reference.

The ISL League winners would also be entitled to a play-off place in the AFC Champions League and the I-League champions would take a place in the AFC Cup in ‘a package that takes into consideration the recommendations of the FIFA/AFC report of 2017.’

The AFC Executive Committee, at their meeting in Da Nang, noted the impressive start for the ISL in Kochi on Friday where the TV audience doubled after the game was shown in seven languages on 20 channels across the nation.



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AIFF 2ND DIVISION CLUB FOR 2019-20
25.10.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mr. Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation and Chairman, League Committee chaired AIFF League Committee Meeting at the AIFF Football House in New Delhi today (October 25, 2019). Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF along with Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League were present besides League committee members Mr. Souter Vaz, Mr. Anil Kumar and Mr. Chirag Tanna. Mr. Isac Doru, Technical Director, AIFF was also present. Hero I-League 2019-20 will commence on November 30, 2019 and the official broadcaster will be confirmed within a week.

A maximum of three foreign players can be replaced by a club during the entire course of Hero I-League 2019-20. Maximum of eight officials will be allowed to sit on the bench during a match. After the meeting between AIFF secretariat and Hero I-League clubs, the U-22 player quota rule will be decided.

The committee reviewed submissions made by the state associations and after several deliberations, the committee has approved ten clubs who'll undergo the Second Division League club licensing process.

Bhawanipore FC
Mohammedan SC
Lonestar Kashmir FC
ARA FC
NGR Football Club Jammu
Kickstart FC Karnataka
FC Bengaluru United
FC Kerala
Garhwal FC
AU Rajasthan FC
Reserve teams of ATK, Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC, Hyderabad FC, Punjab FC alongside a developmental team of AIFF will also participate in the Hero Second Division League 2019-20. The committee was apprised of the development of Hero Indian Women’s League, Khelo India Girls Football League (U17) and Golden Baby League.

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AFC & AIFF Meeting - India clubs agree to work together on league roadmap.
14.10.2019 - AFC WEB SOURCE : Indian football today was presented with a roadmap for the reform process for the club game in the country – with the Indian Super League (ISL) being recognised as the top league in India starting from this 2019-2020 season.
IAFC & AIFF Meeting - India clubs agree to work together on league roadmap
The ISL champions would also be entitled to a play-off place in the AFC Champions League and the I-League champions would take a place in the AFC Cup in ‘a package that takes into consideration the recommendations of FIFA/AFC report of 2017.’

Dato’ Windsor John, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary, said at a meeting convened in Kuala Lumpur: “Everyone has to put the good of Indian football at the forefront and take the best decisions to develop Indian club football. The AFC will be very much involved to ensure the growth of the game to the next level with the pathway to a single league.

“Every point of this package – and it is a package – has been thought-out extremely carefully and it is aimed simply at providing the best chance to develop Indian club football. We have informed AIFF that 10-12 teams are not enough for the top League – it must be bigger.

“Everyone has contributed to the development of the Indian club game - ISL, I-League clubs, the AIFF and the AFC – and I am sure that if this roadmap is considered further then Indian football will see the benefits for the game. We are now all working together to deliver the best future.”

All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das, added: “We now have a roadmap which provides the best opportunity for Indian club football. I would like to thank the AFC – and its General Secretary – for their contribution in proposing a solution to this unique problem. India is an important country for football in Asia.

“We have to be financially sustainable and take into consideration all commercial and contractual aspects of this plan because commerce is key to football not only in India but across the world of football. We must be cognisant of that fact of football life, that footballing legacy and investment are equally important for the development of Indian football.”

The proposal will now be presented to the AFC Executive Committee and the AIFF Executive Committee. The roadmap is:

1.In season 2019-20, the ISL will attain the status of premiere league competition in Indian football.

2.As a special compensation to India, the AFC will allow the winning ISL club to represent India in the AFC Champions League play-offs, and the I-League winner will get to play the AFC Cup play-off.

3. Another key recommendation by the AFC is to open a pathway for two I-League clubs’ entry into the ISL by the end of the 2020-21 season, subject to the criteria being fulfilled.

4.In addition, starting with the 2022-23 season, the winner of I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee, basis fulfilling sporting merit and the national club licensing criteria to be set out by the AIFF. There will be no relegation in the ISL at this time.

5. In its recommendation for 2024-25, it is agreed to fully implement promotion and relegation into the top league, and abolition of two parallel leagues.

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Indian referees to officiate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifier match

10.10.2019 : Indian referees to officiate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifier match between Iran and Cambodia at Azadi Stadium, Iran today.
Indian referees to officiate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifier match
33 years old Pranjal Banerjee OF WEST BENGAL will be the referee of the match alongwith Asit Kumar Sarkar and Tony Joseph Louis as assistant referee of the match. Pranjol Banerjee was awarded by All India Football Federation as "Referee of the year 2016".

Earlier in the year 2019, all the four match officials has been selected from India who officiated the match between Brunei and Mongolia on 6th June 2019, which was FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup Qualifier Match. Pranjal Banerjee officiated the match alongwith Samar Pal and Asit Kumar Sarkar as Asst Referees and 4th official was C.R Srikrishna where Mongolia won the match 2-0.

The above 4 Indian Referees officiated 2019 AFC Asian Cup – Play-Off Round 1 (1st leg) match in 2 June 2016 at National Stadium, Kaohsiung (Taiwan) between Taiwan and Cambodia where the score ended 2-2.

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Gokulam Kerala FC will play a charity match against Ajmal Bismi SAT

09.10.2019 : Gokulam Kerala FC will play a charity match against Ajmal Bismi SAT, a club based in Tirur in Malappuram, on October 12 to help three brothers, who have lost their house in the floods happened in Nilambur, Malappuram.
Gokulam Kerala FC will play a charity match against Ajmal Bismi SAT
The football match is organised by Malappuram District Football Fraternity and will be held at Kottappady Football Stadium in Malappuram at 4 PM on Saturday. "Several people in north Kerala were affected by the floods this year. We as a football team need to help the community and this is a small gesture from Gokulam Kerala FC. The match is an opportunity for us to connect to the community and show our solidarity towards them. We hope more people will come to watch us and help the family, who are in need,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of the club.

"When we heard about these brothers, who lost their house due to floods, we thought we could help them. Football is the number one sport and if we could collect a decent amount of money, it would be a great help for the family," said Malappuram district police chief U Abdul Kareem IPS, the chief patron of Malappuram District Football Fraternity.

"We are planning to build an 850 sq ft-house. The total cost is estimated to be at least Rs 9.5 lakh for the house. We have already made the plan for the house," said Ashique Kainikkara, coordinator of the match.

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AFC ROADMAP LIKELY TO DECIDE THE FUTURE OF INDIAN FOOTBALL

KFC NEWS DESK-8.10.19: The controversy relating to I Legue and Indian Super League likely to decide finally as the I league as well as the ISL clubs are called at a meeting at the AFC headquarter at Kuala Lampur on 14th of October at 10am. AFC General Secratary Dato Windsor John, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das and a number of officials from FSDL will be present at the meeting.

The clubs were summound at an important time when both the leagues are set to commence.Indian Super League will start on and from the 20th of October whereas the I league is likely to kick off on the 16th of November. It has been learnt from sources that AIFF along will AFC will finally announce the future road map of Indian football in presence of the I League and ISL participating clubs.


AFC in consultation with AIFF will deliver a presentation regarding the right way and structure of the future of India football. The clubs can deny or approve the the road map. AFC will finally declare their views regarding the roadmap. Earlier FIFA and AFC opined that they will not make any interference in the decision of All India Football Fedaration.

The decision of AIFF till now relating to the future of Indian football likely to affect adversely to the I League clubs. AIFF are in a mood to declare ISL as the top tier league and will be allowed to participate in AFC Champions League play off spot which is now enjoyed by I league champions. AIFF are now in discussion with AFC for the second spot for the I league to participate in the AFC competetion.

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