INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS (MAY - 2022)
Statement from Mr. Praful Patel
. AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 20/05/22 : I thank the Honourable Supreme Court for bringing finality to a long pending issue since 2017. The term of the elected committee expired in December 2020, and we had in November 2020 suo moto approached the Honourable Supreme Court for an early resolution of the matter, and appropriate directions. The AIFF constitution broadly follows the sports code 2011 for age and tenure limits, and therefore I was in any way going to step down from office, and neither was I eligible for re-election.
During my tenure I have had the honour of serving Indian Football. I would like to thank all stakeholders of the football family including our players -- both men and women, our State Associations, the clubs, AIFF officials, the media, the Union and State Governments, marketing partners and sponsors, and all the lovers of our beautiful game. I am very happy that we have been able to professionalise Indian football and that we have a very strong grassroots programme which in the coming years will catapult us to the next level, and find its true place and recognition in the global map.
India has also had the honour and privilege to host the first-ever FIFA World Cup in India which was a resounding success. It brought international recognition and appreciation for the growth and popularity of football in India. I have also had the proud honour of being the Senior Vice president of the Asian Football Confederation, as well as being the first Indian representative to be duly elected to the FIFA Council with the highest number of votes.
At the moment, we currently have two strong leagues. We have been successful in integrating the two leagues with a proper roadmap of promotion and relegation, while providing due respect to the legacy clubs. Indian clubs have started to do well in Asian Champions League, promising much for the future. The Indian Women’s League has also grown from strength to strength, providing an adequate platform for all budding young women footballers to pursue their dreams.
We have also been able to kick-start the National Centre of Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility for training, and boarding of our National Teams in Kolkata. The NCE is partly operational at the moment with the Blue Tigers training there at the moment, and will be completed soon.
Furthermore, a giant leap of faith helped us to move upwards and onwards from 173 to 96 in the FIFA. I am also extremely proud of the manner the women’s team have been playing, and currently, the Blue Tigresses are at 59 in the FIFA ladder. The boys and girls age group teams are also performing well, substantiating the good work done which we have been stressing upon at the YDP level.
We have provided the best training facilities and coaches with exposure tours to all teams, with special emphasis on modern sports science. At the moment, we have the highest number of professional coaches through our robust Coach Education Programme, along with a referee’s development programme. We have also been able to professionalise the AlFF, and follow the highest standards of financial and corporate governance at the Federation, with many young dynamic and highly qualified, and motivated professionals serving Indian Football.
I wish the Committee of administrators all the very best, and request them to fulfil their responsibilities of providing a new Constitution compliant with the National Sports Code which we are already broadly complying with, while keeping in mind AFC and FIFA statutes. A speedy resolution, and a newly elected body will serve in the best interest of Indian Football.
Electric Veng Futsal Club are the champions of Mizoram futsal league 2022
. MFA PRESS RELEASE- 04/05/22 : Electric Veng Futsal Club are the champions of the ‘Kuriz Collection’ Mizoram Football Association Futsal League – Season 3. They defeated two times former champions Chanmari Zothan Futsal 4-2 (after extra time) in the final played on Tuesday night, May 3, 2022.
Electric Veng FC ( 4-2) Chanmari Zothan Futsal
EVFC: (Jonathan Lalrawngbawla 22', 60', Lalsangkima 23', Lalrinsanga Khawlhring 52')
CZF: (Lalremtluanga 11', K. Roluahpuia 25')
Man of the Match : Lalrinzuala - Electric Veng FC
Infront of a vocal crowd at R Dengthuama Indoor Stadium in Aizawl, the champions Chanmari dominated the early period of the game and taking a lead on the 11th minute. Electric Veng equalised against the run of play on the 22nd minute and added a quick goal within a minute to eventually took the lead by the end of first half.
Experienced Chanmari equalised in the first minute of second half an brought the match to extra time. However, it was the energetic Electric Veng youngers who scored two wonderfully crafted team goals during the extra time and won the match 4-2 and became the new champions of MFA Futsal League Season 3 - the sellout crowd followed with wild celebrations after the match.
MFA Futsal League has 16 teams competing, which is divided into two groups of eight teams. After a round robin league of each group, the bottom four clubs are relegated to lower division and the top eight playing a knockout quarter finals.
At the backdrop of the league, lower division of MFA Futsal was also played with Thlangtiang FC winning the Division One tournament and Ditea's FC winning the MFA Futsal Veteran Tournament respectively.
Champion : ₹ 80,000/- Trophy + Certificate + Medal
Runners up : ₹ 50,000/- + Certificate
Semi-finalists : ₹ 20,000 each (Lawmna FC Dinthar, IDBI Capital FC, Thakthing Veng)
Quarter finalists : ₹ 10,000 each
Pre-quarter finalists : ₹ 3,000/- each
Best Player : VL Rindika (Electric Veng FC) ₹ 5,000/- + Trophy
Fair Play Award : Chanmari Zothan Futsal, ₹ 5,000/- + Certificate
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™ Kick Off The Dream Carnival hosted in Navi Mumbai
25/04/22: PRESS RELEASE FIFA : The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™ launched the 'Kick Off The Dream' football carnival at the NMMC Yashwant Rao Chavan Ground in Navi Mumbai on Monday, 25 April 2022.
More than 650 children from various schools in the Navi Mumbai area took part in various activities at the event. The football carnival featured a host of football-themed fun-filled games, activations and challenges all centered around the idea of Football for All.
The main goal of the 'Kick Off The Dream' football carnival is to encourage children to break gender stereotypes by normalising inclusive participation through football-themed activities.
The kids participated in the various activities with great excitement, enthusiasm and happiness. The highlights of the day included a header challenge, a football-style dart board challenge, freekick challenge and kids lending expression to their creativity on a campus through brush and colours. A 5-vs-5 football challenge was also organized, in which 16 teams engaged in healthy competition.
"Kick Off The Dream Football carnival is a special event aimed at involving children in football-themed events where they have fun while also learning about teamwork and leadership. But most importantly, our aim through this event is for kids to experience the joy that millions across the globe experience from playing The Beautiful Game.
"It is extremely encouraging to see the enthusiasm of every stakeholder involved in conceptualising and executing this launch event, which is the first of many. Ultimately, it is the excitement of the children participating in the carnival which has us very eager for future events", said Nandini Arora, Project Director LOC FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022™.
The carnival also saw the attendance of Shri. Manojkumar Mahale, DMC, Sports Department, NMMC, and Shri. Jaydeep Pawar, DMC, Education Department, NMMC along with Nandini Arora and Ankush Arora, Project Directors for the LOC FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™.