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16.05.2015 : Following the guidelines of AIFF, East Bengal Football Team organised the Grassroots Football Festival at the Club ground on 16th May, 2015.


Two separate football matches will be organized that day- the first one between East Bengal U-13 and East Bengal Football School of Excellence U-13 and the second one between East Bengal U-10 and East Bengal Football School of Excellence U-10.



The 'Young Eagles' are ready to Soar, Dempo Sports Club’s Grassroots Festival sees a great turn out, with boys from the age of 5years to 12 years participating.

18.05.2015: DEMPO SC PRESS RELEASE : Dempo Sports Club organised the 'Young Eagles' Grassroots festival to celebrate grassroots football day. The event was keenly attended with boys from all over Goa attending the same. The festival was open to boys between the ages of 5 and 12 years and saw lots of promising young footballers participate.

Festival participants were separated into 2 age groups, i.e. Under 10 and Under 12 with boys playing each other in a 4 vs 4 format. This format is one which is used all over the world in grassroots programs and is especially popular in Europe, specifically in Holland which is a country renowned for have some of the greatest football academies in the world.


In this format, there is no referee and the children take charge of the match on their own. This is done to encourage leadership and allows the children to come to decisions collectively and as a team. This idea really came through as a lot of children showed great leadership skills and got their teams through to victory.

The second half of the festival saw parents and children alike sit down for a very informative talk on nutrition that was conducted by Luanna Mascarenhas, a Sports Nutritionist with QUA Nutrition. Parents and children were informed on the dietary requirements for children and athletes in the long run. Ms. Mascarenhas went on to encourage both the parents and their children to always adopt a healthy lifestyle with enough room for fun in your diet.

The day concluded with a surprise visit from Dempo SC’s head coach Trevor Morgan and several first team players. Morgan did take over the mic for a few moments and addressed the children briefly on a career in football both as a player and as coach and encouraged the to keep practicing and keep focussed and if they do that, then someday they could be the next superstar of Indian football.

Trevor Morgan was then part of the prize distribution ceremony which saw Kenny Rodrigues win in the Under 12 category and Patwyn Luke D’Souza win in the Under 10 category.To bring the festival to an end, the kids were treated to a fun football quiz which Dempo SC first team captain, Calum Angus held host. The children had a great time as the fun loving Englishman interacted and quizzed all the participants.


16.05.2015: While the parents happily watched from their seats, Sporting Clube de Goa successfully conducted their 3rd Grassroots Football Festival at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Sunday. The festival was held to mark the occasion of AFC Grassroots day which is on Friday the 15th May.

Eighty-four young wards between the age of 8 and 12 were divided into twelve groups of seven members and successfully completed the 2-hour festival. The event conformed to the guidelines of the FIFA Grassroots Manual.

The players went through a circuit consisting of six stations. Three of the stations were 7v7 games which the wards enjoyed playing immensely. The other three stations involved workshops which comprised of fun games such as Hawk and Centipede, where the participants got to sharpen their football skills in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Each station lasted 20 minutes and included regular water breaks to replenish. The Festival was conducted by SCG Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar and co-ordinated by Sporting Goa’s Competitions director Angelo Albuerquerque and Media Officer Aldrid Da Costa.

SCG Coaches Mathew D’Costa, Seby Noronha, Anthony Vaz and Norbert Gonsalves along with Clifford Chukwuma made the day go smoothly. Volunteers Adewale Seriki, Nicholas Albuquerque, Raunak Pai, Lincoln Sagayanathan and Rajesh Pai also worked tirelessly to ensure the young wards never stopped smiling the entire time.

“Grassroots football is very important for the growth of Indian Football. The festival brings out the best in the youngsters diverse personalities,” stated SCG Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar. “Apart from improving their football skills the players also learnt important lessons such as teamwork and respect as they were playing with new team mates for the first time and had to adapt quickly,” remarked SCG CEO Victor Fernandes.

Gfa Executive member and GFA Head of Youth Development Welvin Menezes was the chief guest, while GFA Executive member Anthony Pango was the guest of honour. Sporting Goa stars Odafa Okoli, Mahmoud Al Amna and Anthony Wolfe were present on the occasion and gave lots of encouragement besides helping in distributing the participation certificates to the players. The participants were given a Flaming Oranje T-shirt and refreshments were also provided.

The SCG Grassroots festival is an extension of the clubs commitment to youth development, which includes the running of five academy teams and sponsoring various age group tournaments and School sports teams.



The Greens organise Grassroots Football Festival

16.03.2016 : Salgaocar Football Club organised a Grassroots Football Festival yesterday at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground to mark the culmination of their season-long Community Outreach Programme. Children indulged in juggling, dribbling, 1 v 1, 2 v 1 & small-sided games. Parents participated in various activities like tie-breaker, hooking the ball through the tyre, rolling the ball through the hurdle, heading the ball in the bucket, and other fun-filled games, in the celebratory atmosphere.

Lauded by the AIFF and AFC for their efforts, the Club has continued to set the benchmark in Grassroots and Youth Development initiatives by organising their annual Community Outreach Programme for the third consecutive year. Before the start of the programme, Salgaocar FC had organised football camps at various schools in the vicinity along with their senior coaches and star footballers. This year has seen enrolment rise to over 650 children from in and around Vasco, where Salgaocar FC is headquartered.

At Salgaocar FC, Youth Development and involvement of the local community has always been intrinsic to the Club’s philosophy. This year, the programme comprised 20 sessions from October to March which saw girls and boys between the ages of 6-11 give up distractions like TV and video games and brave the hot sun to ensure they never miss out on a single football-centric Sunday. Coaching is of the highest standard as the children have a chance to train under the Club’s senior coaches. Players from the senior and U-19 teams also coach in rotation, so that the young ones are able to interact with their heroes. Children from the programme have also had the opportunity to act as escorts for all the Club’s home I –League matches held at Tilak Maidan over the course of the season. In addition, they have the opportunity to experience what it is like to play on the Club’s home turf as they participate in small sided games at half time.

Given the commitment of Salgaocar FC to Grassroots and Youth Development initiatives, it’s obvious why the Club has seen so many of their Youth Development products rise through the ranks to make it to the Senior team. If the smiles on the faces of children and parents alike are anything to go by, the future of budding Goan footballers looks very bright indeed.



16.05.2015: Salgaocar FC organised a Grassoots football festival earlier today at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground amidst much fanfare and a carnival like atmosphere, to commemorate AFC Grassroots Day. A large number of girls and boys in the age group of 6-11 years from the club’s Community Outreach Program, the partner schools and the club’s U-10 and U-12 teams dressed in their Salgaocar kits participated in the festival.

The festival was an extension of the Club’s Community Outreach Program, held at the same venue through the course of the year. The event kicked off at 8 am and witnessed children play small-sided games in addition to participating in games and drills that were both fun and engaging.

The Community Outreach Program held over 22 Sundays between October and April attracted close to 600 girls and boys in the age group of 6 to 11 years has been very well received by children and parents alike. The children are divided into 2 batches to ensure optimum individual attention by the club’s highly qualified and experienced coaches and first team players.


A total of 40 coaches were involved in the program this year. Given that the children look up to some of the first tem players as role models and watch them in action when taken to the club’s home I-League games, it is extremely motivational for them to turn up every Sunday and share the field with their heroes. The basics of the ‘beautiful game’ are imparted to these budding footballers who seem to enjoy every minute spent on the field, often braving the scorching heat.

The most talented boys from the Community Program are inducted into the club’s renowned youth development system. Some of Goa’s and India’s biggest football names have emerged through the club’s ranks.


Bengaluru FC announces plans for Residential Academy

Bengaluru FC announces plans for Residential Academy

13.07.2016 : Bengaluru FC, on Wednesday, revealed its plans of a full-fledged residential academy at the JSW Township in Vijayanagar, Bellary, at a press conference addressed by club COO Mustafa Ghouse, CTO Mandar Tamhane and new Head of Youth Development John Kila at the club offices at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

The club will conduct trials in five different locations across the country – Bengaluru, Kerala, Mizoram, Punjab and Chandigarh – in the Under-16 (January 2000 to December 2003) and Under-18 (January 1998 to December 1999) age categories. The shortlisted players will then be put through a final round of trials in Bengaluru after which the selected players will relocate to the academy in Bellary.

The Bengaluru leg of trials will be held from July 23 to July 30 at the Bangalore Football Stadium and interested players can register and obtain further information on the official BFC website, or on the club’s social media platforms. The dates of trials at the other venues will be announced shortly.

The fully-funded youth development program, which will be overseen by Kila, will provide for the players’ accommodation, education and nutrition.

“Youth Development has always been a part of the club’s philosophy and a residential academy is something we’ve wanted to put in place for quite a while now. John (Kila) comes with a rich experience of having implemented youth programs at various clubs and we are sure that under his guidance, our youngsters will progress through the ranks and make it to the club’s first team and in time, the Indian National Football Team as well,” said Ghouse.

With licensed coaches, physiotherapists, professionals in strength and conditioning and sports science, the BFC Academy will work in tandem with the club’s first team. With regards to the infrastructure, the facility comprises a full-length sand-based football pitch equipped with floodlights, a gymnasium and a swimming pool.

Kila, meanwhile, expressed his excitement at the project. “It is a privilege to be a part of this club as we are looking to put our youth in the first team, which I am very excited about. The BFC residential academy and talent hunt is a fantastic project and I am looking forward to working with the coaches and players,” said Kila.



Bengaluru FC conducts AFC Grassroots Festival

15.08.2015 : Bengaluru Football Club conducted a Grassroots Festival to commemorate the AFC Grassroots Day at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. The two hour event hosted 112 kids from different localities in and around Bengaluru and was conducted by the club’s youth team coaches and players.

The youth team players, who doubled up as team managers for the day, involved the young children in various football activities which would make them familiar with the basics of football.


Pune FC celebrates AFC Grassroots Day; 120 kids participate in Grassroots Festival


18.05.2015: PFC PRESS RELEASE : The term 'grassroots' is used to refer the lowest, the most elementary form of the game that anyone can play. Pune FC celebrated AFC Grassroots Day by conducting a special grassroots programme for 120 children and simultaneously completed the AIFF Grassroots Leaders Course.

The three-day celebrations began with 25 candidates signing up for the Leaders Course, of which the audio-video theory session was held at the Peninsula Pune FC Academy on Friday, 15th May, while the practical sessions were conducted at the Pune FC Training Pitches in Mamurdi on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Directing proceedings was Pune FC Women’s Team Coach and AFC 'B' License holder Kalpana Dass who conducted the Course for city coaches involved at the grassroots level.


Pune FC conducted the course in association with the state body – Western India Football Association (WIFA) and the district body – Poona District Football Association (PDFA) under the aegis of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The Grassroots Festival held on the final day of the programme at the Pune FC Training Pitches had participation from children between the ages of 7 and 14 years. The aim of the festival was primarily to generate interest among the kids for the sport and also to provide them the right platform to display their skills. The youngsters were also taken through various fun drills and games, which were divided into eight stations of activity, by Pune FC Coaches along with the Grassroots Leaders.

The festival on Sunday had a huge draw of anxious parents partake in the day long activity which lasted three hours. While the children were put through the basics of the ‘beautiful game’, the budding footballers enjoyed every minute spent on the field, and braved the scorching heat.

All participants were given away certificates by the Pune FC Coaches, Officials and the Grassroot Leaders respectively.



Mohun Bagan organised a two day Grassroots Football Festival on 15th & 16th May,2015 at the Mohun Bagan Athletic Ground amidst much fanfare and a carnival-like atmosphere, to commemorate AFC Grassroots Day among the grassroots players of West Bengal. A large number of boys of 14, 12 and 10 years of age groups, from Kolkata and other district were the participant of the festival.

The first day of the event was kicked off at 7 a.m. at Club ground. A team of U-14 from Sonarpur Sports Club played against our club U-14 team . The opponent team had coaches from Brazil and Honduras, the exciting match ended in a 2-2 draw.

On the second day, the event was for the U-10 and U-12 boys, three teams of U-12, U-10 teams were invited from the Sreerampur , New Barrackpur and Behala.

Sreerampur Suruchi Sanagad U-10 played against the U-10 team of our club, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The other game was against the U-10 team of Agradut Sangha from New Barrackpur. The U-12 team of the club played a match against Behala Vivekananda Sports Academy to register victory scoring 3 goals.


Beside the above U-10 boys were engaged in small-side games where the youth Coaches of our Club demonstrated different tactics which the boys intuitively listened and followed,the session was filled with fun and was engaging..

The basics of the ‘beautiful game’ were imparted to these budding footballers who seem to enjoy every minute spent on the field. The eventful Sunday witnessed of almost 120 junior players participating who will be the future of Bengal as well as for Indian football. The festival was conducted and supervised by Mr. Jahar Das Head of Youth Development of McDowell Mohun Bagan.

Mr. Das quoted -“He was very satisfied with the event and appreciated the initiative taken by AFC/AIFF to organise this kind of an event for the grassroots boys and to promote and develop the game of football”. All the boys were also happy to spend a motivational Sunday with the football.




21.06.2015: United SC in collaboration with ShyamnagarTraun Sangha organized 20-days long “United Talent Hunt 2015”, which came to an end on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Shyamngar Tarun Sangha Ground with two matches between the boys who participated in the talent hunt, started from 2nd June 2015. The main object behind this project is to find new local talents for our youth teams & engage maximum kids to play football.


Legendary Mr. Subrata Bhattacharya was the chief guest on the afternoon. Mr. Lalkamal Bhowmick, Mr. Snehasish Chakraborty, Mr. Sukhen Dey and Mr. Sangram Mukherjee were also present besides veteran coaches Mr. Murari Sur and Mr. Dulal Dev, to encourage the budding footballers.


“I am amazed to see all these young kids playing despite of heavy rain and they are brilliant. I want to thank Nabab Bhattacharya, Murari Sir and United SC for providing such platform to the kids of Shyamnagar, and i would also like to request to parents that please send your kids to the ground it will help them to become a good human,” Subrata Bhattacahrya said.


Lalkamal said, “After observing these kids for last 20 days, I can say that atleast ten of these players will play I-League in future.”



26.07.2015: In the closing ceremony around 100 kids (girls) participated in the Festival at Satyabrata Stadium, Cuttack where Ms Anju Turambekar conducted the course. Ms. Sradhanjali Samantary was the coordinator for this course. All 30 candidates who participated in this course were also given certificate.

In the Closing ceremony Mr. Haren Swain of AII India Football Federation was present along with Mr Rushinath Sahoo (Joint Secretary- FAO),Mr. Avijit Paul (Joint Secretary- FAO),Mr. Suvendu Panda,Mr. Nipendra Das & Ms Gitanjali Khuntia.


The Delhi Soccer Association to hold summer coaching camp for Boys and Girls in the age category of 8 years to 18 years from May 16 to June 30 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium.

13.05.2015: DSA MEDIA RELEASE :The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA ) will hold a summer coaching camp in various age groups ( 8 years to 18 years ) for promising children ( Boys and Girls ) at the Ambedkar Stadium from May 16 to June 30 under the guidance of expert coaches and spotters, to short list players for future programmes of the DSA, as the world and Asian soccer bodies, in association with the All India Football Federation, are keen to develop the base of the game in the country, as India has strong potential to make it big in soccer. The timings of the camp will be from 8,00 am to 10. am daily.

With India all set to bid for the Under-17 World Cup, the game has got a big boost in the country, and the DSA camp will be an apt opportunity for promising talent to hone their skills by fruitfully utilizing their summer vacation for a bright future in the game, as soccer offers tremendous potential in the country.

Those shortlisted by the DSA from the summer camps will be considered for selection for the Delhi teams for various age group National championships in the country, which will open up a window of opportunity for the young talent to show case their talent. The DSA camps will be conducted by highly-qualified and reputed coaches, who would keep a keen eye to spot the particularly ability, strengths and weaknesses of each player. Therefore, this will be one of a kind chance for young talent to train under expert coaches and brighten their future, as they will be taken under the wings of the DSA for further grooming.

.Eminent coaches imparting training to the budding children includes former internationals- Olympian S. S. Hakim, Ranjit Thapa, Biru Mal, Melvin D'souza, Tarun Roy, Anandi Barua, Abhijoy Basu, Bachi Ram, Jaismer, Poonam Tyagi, Boby etc.

Interested probables may contact DSA Secretary- Syed Shaheen, Joint Secretary - Magan Singh Patwal or treasurer - Hem Chand for getting themselves registered for the camp alongwith a fee of Rupees one thousand only by May 14.


Shillong Lajong Grassroots Festival 2015-16


03.12.2015 :SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong Lajong FC believes that football makes a difference in people’s lives. We believe that every top footballer was once a grassroots football player. His talent was identified by the coaches, and his skill was developed by the club. Therefore, grassroots is the foundation of football as it gives all children the opportunity to play.

Lajong will kick off the Grassroots Football program in various parts of Meghalaya namely; Malki, Mawlai, Smit, Sohra, Umpling, Lumsopoh, Pohskeh and Jaiaw from the 5th of December, 2015 under the directive of Head of Youth Development Coach, Gumpe Rime; Assistant Coach Alison Kharsyntiew; and the operations team of Shillong Lajong FC. The Club will help develop and nurture the skills of aspiring footballers.

The Club will try to reach out to as many localities in and around Shillong and slowly spread across the state and the region as well. The philosophy of the Grassroots Football program is that football is for everyone regardless of age, gender, religion, and ethnic or social background. The Shillong Lajong FC management team will explore and visit majority of the localities in Shillong, and provide an opportunity to children between the age group of 8-12 years. In the process, the coaches present will provide training that will help children gain focus, positivity, control, co-operation, optimism, and social integration.

Grassroots Football program benefits not only the young, but helps the society and the game as well. It will also assist children from the state to gain more interest in the sport from a very young age. We believe that Grassroots Football will inculcate camaraderie, will help build self-esteem, and create an environment where the youngsters learn new skills while having fun.

Involvement in Grassroots Football is a very rewarding experience. Although improving the technique of young players is challenging, however, contributing to a youngster’s personal development is a fundamental goal. We, at Lajong, are committed to help children develop a lifelong sporting habit. This includes ensuring that all children are provided with a wholesome sporting facility, which will only improve the overall experience.

Shillong Lajong FC, through our Grassroots Football program, want to provide every child with an opportunity to learn and develop skills through organized football activities, matches, and coaching. It also promotes the spirit of fair play, education, and overall development.

Head of Youth Development Gumpe Rime explained the importance of conducting such grassroots program. He said, “It is imperative to lay a strong base in order to unearth and develop future generation of local talent and identify the next Aibor, Eugene, Marlangki, Rocus, Niwan-o and many more.”

“The aim is to make more children play football with the same grassroot philosophy of football for all involving fun activity, to reach out to as many localities in and around Shillong and spread across the state gradually and finally to create a database of young talented players and bring the best talent to our academy and develop them into future stars.”

“The slipping FIFA ranking of our country is a grave concern, everyone is complaining why India cannot produce world class players but we never give attention to youth football. It is same as constructing a building- the stronger the foundation, stronger the building.

In other footballing countries kids start playing as early as 5 years and by the the time they are 15-16 years, they are ready to play at good level whereas we start very late. Hence, the result is there for all to see. Having said that not everyone will become top class player but the grassroot program will help children to develop physically,learn discipline and teamwork through playing football”, he said. For more information, Children who are interested to be part of the Grassroots Program can contact their Local headman or Sports Club.


Integration of football and education in Mizoram


03.12.2015 : AIZWAL FC Press Release : In an unprecedented first of its kind tie-up in India, a partnership has been achieved towards “Grassroots football promotion in Mizoram” between Tata Trusts, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Aizawl Football Club.

The project will involve football training to 3000 tribal children in the age group of 6-14 years. While children would naturally be attracted to football and be taught the basics of football with a view to unearth talents, attendance and performance at the school level will also be emphasized.

With funding from the Tata Trusts, the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) will be the nodal agency of the project, SSA will select schools to form the sixty non-residential football academies spread across 6 districts of Mizoram and run the academies. The football training module will be designed under the Technical support and guidance provided by Aizawl Football Club.


Talented footballers would be inducted to Aizawl FC academies and the likes, thereby accelerating their progress into future professional footballers who would not only win accolades for the state but also it is envisioned for the nation as well. The first three-year cycle will kick-off sometime in February, 2016.

Speaking on this occasion Club President Mr. Robert Royte expressed “Aizawl Football club has a very strong youth development setup across Mizoram and the present club team which will participate in the elite I-League organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) comprises of Mizo players who are a product of this youth development system”. He also expressed his views that the project will be a model for other states and clubs to follow in near future. Mr Jahar Das, Head of Youth Development of the club also said that he was very excited about this unique project.

Mr Benny George, Asst Development Manager of Tata Trusts, Mr Lalhmachhuana, State Project Director (SPD) and Mr Zaithankima Miller Deputy SPD representing SSA were very enthusiastic about this unique partnership which would bring about all round development of both boys and girls in the state.