INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS (MARCH 2022)
IFA ANANYA SAMMAN - celebrate International Women’s Day
FIFA & UN Women India celebrate International Women’s Day
08/03/2022 - PRESS RELEASE: AIFF : - On the occasion of International Women’s Day the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022, collaborated with UN Women and the United Nations in India, to kick off the road to the long-awaited FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held from 11 to 30 October 2022.
The aim of the event, held on 8th March 2022, was to strengthen the commitment to levelling the playing field for women and girls, leveraging football’s mass appeal to help bring positive change around the world.
The UN Lawns, where the event took place, saw young female footballers from UNHCR’s refugee football team, girls from Seemapuri and Jamia Nagar and appointed coaches from LOC FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022’s E-Licence legacy programme take part in several football activities. Participants were joined by dignitaries from the UN in India and the LOC.
The collaboration will aim to accelerate efforts to promote women’s leadership and equality in governance models, prevent and respond to gender-based violence, close the gap in investment in women’s sport and promote equal economic opportunities, promote women’s equal participation and bias-free representation in media, and provide equal opportunities for girls in sport, physical activity and physical education.
Resident Coordinator, UN in India, Shombi Sharp, advocated for, “Engaging children in sport directly leads towards the development of many important skills. And through their many outstanding performances, Indian women are more visible in sports than ever”, said Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator India at the event.
“Yet women still face barriers men do not – fewer chances to play organized sport as young girls, and there is a huge gap between what male and female athletes are paid, while women’s sports receive much less funding and media attention. Despite these challenges, I see examples of Indian women achieving excellence in sport - achieving excellence everywhere”, he added
Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, said, “Marking International Women’s Day, this event has provided an important opportunity for young girls and female footballers in India to learn about and play football. As interest and excitement builds towards the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India later this year, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee look forward to working closely with organisations in India like UN Women, as well as exploring how to encourage more women and girls in India to play football and use the tournament as a platform to continue important conversations and inspire positive change.”
The event covered a 3 versus 3 match between the female players of ages 8-11, from UNHCR, FIFA and CEQUIN- an NGO that uses sports for development, and the felicitation of female coaches who had been trained by the tournament’s Coach Education Scholarship Programme. The UN Resident coordination pinned badges of honour- an emblem of the Indian flag crossing over the United Nation’s flag to strengthen the UN’s commitment to promoting women and girls in sports in India.
“The LOC, since its formation, has made a concerted, consistent and dedicated effort to create a platform for women – irrespective of societal, sociological, financial status – to succeed, be empowered and take leadership roles. Through initiatives related to football development, the LOC is already empowering women in leadership, employability and self-sustenance.
“This event, in collaboration with UN Women and the United Nations in India, has helped cultivate further lessons in empowerment, economic justice and taking a step towards achieving equal footing in society,” said Nandini Arora, Project Director of the LOC.
Dalima Chhibber, a football player from the Indian Women’s Football Team, said, “This event is a perfect representation of the impact football can have on youngsters from different walks of life. An important step towards an equal future is to empower girls to take up leadership roles so that when they become confident women tomorrow, whichever profession they take up.
“It was also very encouraging to see participants from the Coach Education Scholarship Programme given the opportunity to impart their skills to the young girls with so much enthusiasm. The future of women’s football looks bright with more representation at the grassroots and moving forward, football can play a crucial role in advocating for an equal society.”
Addressing the importance of sports as a tool for gender equality, UN Women Country Representative Susan Ferguson said, “We are proud to collaborate with FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 to bring young girls to football. Sports are an important vehicle for Generation Equality. Together we can level the playing field using football to create an ecosystem that will promote women and girls’ participation in leadership roles. We definitely know these young athletes are #KisiSeKumNahin.”
Both, the LOC of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 and UN Women in India will work closely to organise more such events with public authorities, international organisations, the private sector, and media and sports organisations to make football more accessible to women and girls and to disseminate diverse sports content to promote gender equality.
AFC Women’s Day 2022 Celebration – Jointly Organised by Football Association of Odisha & Odisha FC
08/03/2022 : Today the AFC Women’s Day was celebrated at the Bidanasi Ground, Cuttack. This program was jointly conducted by Football Association of Odisha in association with Odisha FC( ISL Club). A women grassroot program was organised, in which 6-12 Years girls participated, and later on an women Football exhibition match was played between Odisha Police and Cuttack DAA.
During the occasion Ms PyariXaxa& Ms JabamaniTudu (International Women Football Players of Our State) were felicitated by Football Association of Odisha and Odisha FC.
The program was graced by the presence of Football Association of Odisha office bearers Mr.Bijay Das (Vice President), Mr.Dillip Kumar Sahoo (Vice president), Bhakta Ballav Das (Hony. Treasurer), Md. ShahidJabbar (Joint Secretary) &Ms.Sangeeta Sharma (Joint Secretary), Mr Birendra Kumar Behera (Member), Mr Ramesh Ch. Mallick (Member)along with the grassroots & women development head of Odisha Football Club Mr.RandeepBarua. Ms SradhanjaliSamantray, was also present during the program.
The sole purpose of this event was to celebrate womanhood & empower woman. The event aimed on the wholesome development of the women football players.
The South Zone Group D matches of the AFC Cup 2022 will be hosted at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK)
01/03/2022 : The South Zone Group D matches of the AFC Cup 2022 will be hosted at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), Kolkata as one of the chosen centralised venues, the Asian Football Confederation has officially confirmed in a letter to the All India Football Federation.
The group will comprise of Gokulam Kerala FC, Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings, Maziya Sports and Recreation of the Maldives, and the winner of a six-team South Asian contest in the preliminary and playoff Stages, from wherein ATKMB is expected to qualify to the Group D final phase after playing the qualifiers on April 12, and April 19.
The match on April 12 is to be held at the VYBK Kolkata, and if ATKMB win it, the match on April 19 will also be held in Kolkata. Meanwhile, the matches of the group have been scheduled from April 18-24.
“We thank the Asian Football Confederation for their belief in our organisational capabilities, and confirming Kolkata as one of the centralised venues for the AFC Cup 2022. This makes great sense because Gokulam Kerala will be in Kolkata till finishing the Hero I-League on May 15, and preparatory camp for the Blue Tigers is also scheduled for Kolkata,” Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF averred.
“In fact, it is a double celebration time for the passionate fans in Kolkata as the AFC Cup Group D matches will be followed by India's final round matches of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers from June 8-14, 2022,” the General Secretary added.