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AIFF general secretary Kushal Das is living in a fool’s paradise – Sporting Clube de Goa

AIFF, Sporting Clube De Goa, Football, Indian Football, Goa, I-league, SCG, Flaming Oranje

Sporting Clube De Goa

The pull-out of Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa should have been a wake-up call for the AIFF to at least now set its messy house in order but instead the federation, and its ignorant general secretary, have resorted to unnecessarily pointing the accusing finger at us. In an interview to a news agency and other media channels, Das said “FC Bardez have a bigger fan following than these clubs. I have seen them in the Goa Pro League.”

Kushal Das is really cut-off from the reality. To say that a four-month old club has more fan following than us is ridiculous and a huge insult to the contribution of clubs like Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, who have contributed immensely to the development of Indian football.

We wonder how many matches Kushal Das watched in Goa and how many I-League matches he has attended since becoming secretary?

For the ignorant Kushal Das’s knowledge, until some years ago, both clubs attracted massive crowd wherever it played. The Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, saw big attendances but since Praful Patel took over as president and Kushal Das was appointed secretary, the numbers have dwindled. Indian football’s slump is also reflected in the poor rankings and much of this is due to mismanagement by the AIFF.

The AIFF cannot blame the Goan clubs to hide its own inefficiency.

Indian football is at its lowest ebb and an ill-informed secretary doesn’t help its cause.

Kushal Das must remember that he is a paid employee of the AIFF. We have not made a living out of football but instead helped others make a living through football. It is clear that Kushal Das, who is occupying a wrong chair, has no clue about football in India and his comments reflect the deplorable state of AIFF at the moment.

Kushal Das is an embarrassment for Indian football. He must apologise for his comments which are shocking and uncalled for.

Mr. Victor G Fernandes
CEO.
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA

5 things you need to know about Uttarakhand Super League

Uttarakhand Super League, Football, AIFF, USFA, league Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Kotdwar, Haldwani, Haridwar1) What is Uttarakhand Super League?

  • Is a franchise based football tournament organized by a company called Uttarakhand Adventure Sports Pvt.Ltd.
  • The tournament is affiliated to AIFF and the Uttarakhand State Football Association (USFA).
  • The tournament will feature 14 teams, which would include one from each of the 13 districts in the state, and a team representing Corbett National Park!
  • The tournament starts July 10 and the first round of matches will go on till the 30th July.
  • Two matches will be played per day at 2.00 pm and 4:00 pm across five locations in the state!
  • The matches are taking in place at Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Kotdwar, Haldwani, Haridwar.
  • Second round matches of the league will be televised on DD Sports.

2) Teams?

  • Almora Burans
  • Bageshwar FC Kafals
  • Chamoli Bugyal FC
  • Champawat Hills
  • Corbett Tigers
  • Dehradun Capital Rangers
  • Haridwar Ganges
  • Nainital FC Lakes
  • Pauri Platoons
  • Pithoragarh Panthers
  • Rudraprayag Monals
  • Tehri Lions
  • Udhamsingh Nagar Warriors
  • Uttarkashi Glaciers

If we go by the League’s website, each teams has a roster size of 15. A total of 210 players are listed across all 14 teams.

3) Sponsors?

Interestingly,  USL has managed to rope in some good sponsors. Backers of Bengaluru FC, JSW is the title sponsor for the event. USL’s website also lists LIC, GAIL ONGC as some of the other brands that are backing the league. For a regional league, this array of sponsors look quite formidable.

4) Baichung Bhutia?

USL’s website says “Former International player, Arjuna Awardee and advisor U-17 FIFA World Cup in India, Bhaichung Bhutia has graciously agreed to be the Brand Ambassador for the tournament!”

5) Foreign Players in USL?

Even though USL’s website has not listed any foreign players, our sources say that we could expect to see some foreigners playing.
Psst: Nurjan Komekov from Turkmenistan could be one among them! Good luck Nurjan!
Nurjan Komekov, Uttarakhand Super League, Football, AIFF, USFA, league Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Kotdwar, Haldwani, Haridwar

Kerala – Just Play Project Manager Applications invited

Just Play, Football, Kerala, Grassroots, KFA, AIFF, OFC, Australia, Oceania Football Confederation, Grassroots, State, Job, ApplicationThe Australian Football Federation with the support of Australian Govt along with the Oceania Football Confederation have with the approval of AIFF decided to implement the award winning grassroots football development program “JUST PLAY” in Kerala on a pilot project basis.

The “JUST PLAY” program will be implemented by a Project Manager which will be a full time position based in Kochi. The Kerala Football Association on behalf of “JUST PLAY” invites applications from candidates who are interested to take up the posting.

The Project Manager will co-ordinate with the KFA as well as the Oceania Football Confederation to implement the program, he/she will also be responsible for expanding the program across the state, consult and work the state government, monitor and evaluate the program and report the same.

The candidate must be a Master’s Degree holder in Program Management/MBA/Economics/ Social Science and have 2 years professional experience in Program Management.

Selected candidate will be trained by Oceania Football Confederation and provided competitive remuneration package based on Skills and experience.

Applications must be mailed to KFA office by post or email on fakerala@rediffmail.com by latest Feb 25th evening.

Job Description & How to apply :

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Federation Cup to return in 2016?

Football, Indianfootball, Federation Cup, Kerala, Soccer

The I-league executive committee meeting happened today evening and news is trickling out that Federation Cup will be revived in 2016. A PTI report quotes sources inside AIFF in a report confirming this development.

“It has informally decided that AIFF is likely re-start the Federation Cup from May, 2016 after the conclusion of the I-league. It has been decided that Federation Cup will be a month-long affair rather than being a 10-day thing which has been the norm. It will be held in home and away knock-out basis,” says an unidentified AIFF official in the PTI report.

The logic behind this quick reversal of ideas is attributed to the fact that I-league will only be a nine-team affair after Royal Wahindoh’s pull out.

“Look, if it is a 9-team I-League, then each team will play only 16 I-League matches. That is an insufficient number. Now to play the qualifying rounds of the AFC Champions League, a club needs to play a minimum of 18 matches in a year,” the source said.

“So Federation Cup will be an 8-team affair. So at least 8 teams will get a chance to play 18 matches. The 9th team of I-League in any case will be relegated. The decision to have a one-month Federation Cup was taken on AIFF Academy Director Scott Odonell’s recommendation. It was seconded by senior vice-president Subrata Dutta,” said the official to PTI.

 

Read the PTI report here.

Bengal down Jharkhand, Mizoram beat Meghalaya in Zonal finals

Sub-Junior, Football, National, Championship, The Coca Cocla Cup, 2014-15, AIFF, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, Scouting, Zonal, Final, Round, South ZoneWest Bengal, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Chandigarh and Haryana are the six teams so far to have qualified for the Final Round of the Sub-Junior CocaCola Cup.

First-half goals from Arnab Negi and Abhijit Mondal in the 18th and 36th minute respectively helped West Bengal – who qualified from East Zone Group B with maximum points – down gritty Jharkhand who until the final match had plundered no less than 19 goals in two matches. According to the rules, Jharkhand also qualified for the final round as the second team from East Zone.

Mizoram on the other hand rode on a second-half brace from Jerry Laldinpuia either side of a strike from Larry Lalrinalawma to beat Meghalaya by three goals and make the cut. Meghalaya similarly qualified as the second team.

In the North Zone, Chandigarh and Haryana will fight it out for the Zonal finals, with both teams booking their places in the final round.

Report: AIFF Media.

AFC goalkeeping certificate course in Maharashtra

AFCAccording to reports from Manipur, AIFF will be conducting an AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Certificate Course from February 15 to 20 in Maharashtra.

Candidate can apply online by logging onto AIFF Website within December 31 and register for the course.

Source : AFC goalkeeping certificate course

Manjeri to host South Zone Sub Junior National Championship 2014-15‏

Sub-Junior, Football, National, Championship, The Coca Cocla Cup, 2014-15, AIFF, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, Scouting, Zonal, Final, Round, South Zone, ManjeriIts raining football in Manjeri. The district is high on a  win in the inter-district football championship that took place at the Kottapady stadium. Football is back again and this time it is to Manjeri, the venue for last year’s Federation cup that saw huge turn out.

South Zone Sub Junior National Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15 will  be conducted at Malappuram District Sports Council Ground at Manjeri from 12th to 22nd December 2014. 5 teams including Kerala, Tamil Nadu , Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Pondicherry will be competing in the championship.

Fixture will be as follows :

        Date

 

     Team A

    Team B

12/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Karnataka

12/12/2014

Kerala

Andhra Pradesh

14/12/2014

Pondicherry

Karnataka

14/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

16/12/2014

Kerala

Pondicherry

16/12/2014

Karnataka

Andhra Pradesh

18/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry

18/12/2014

Karnataka

Kerala

20/12/2014

Andhra Pradesh

Pondicherry

20/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Kerala

 FINALS

 

22/12/2014

Group Winner

Group Runner Up

 

Sub-Junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15

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Sub-Junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15 will kick off on December 8th.

This tournament which will act as a platform for scouting for the upcoming 2017 U-17 World Cup that will take place in India is conducted on a zonal basis.

Jharkhand emerge champions of 36th Sub Junior Nationals

Update :

Jharkhand has been stripped of the title because of age fraud. AIFF found out that some players in the Jharkhand team is over aged.

Jharkhand walloped Goa 8-3 in the final to emerge champions.

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FinalSub-Junior, Football, National, Championship, The Coca Cocla Cup, 2014-15, AIFF, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, Scouting, Zonal, Final, RoundSemi Final

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  Final Round Table Group A

Team P W D L F A Pts
Goa 4 3 0 1 9 3 9
Chandigarh 4 2 2 0 5 3 8
West Bengal 3 1 0 2 4 3 3
Karnataka 4 0 2 2 4 10 2
Meghalaya 3 0 2 1 3 6 2

Final Round Table Group B

Team P W D L F A Pts
Jharkhand 4 4 0 0 16 6 12
Kerala 4 2 1 1 14 10 7
Mizoram 4 2 0 2 8 8 6
Maharashtra 3 0 1 2 8 15 1
Haryana 3 0 0 3 3 10 0

Fixtures of Final Round :

Teams that have qualified for the final rounds are divided in to two groups, A & B.

Group A

Chandigarh, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal, Meghalaya

Group B

Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, Jharkhand, Mizoram

Fixtures :

Match Score
January 13, 2015
Chandigarh Karnataka
1 - 1
January 13, 2015
Goa West Bengal
2 - 0


Match Score
January 14, 2015
Maharashtra Kerala
5 - 5
January 14, 2015
Haryana Jharkhand
2 - 4


Match Score
January 15, 2015
Karnataka Meghalaya
2 - 2
January 15, 2015
West Bengal Chandigarh
0 - 1


Match Score
January 16, 2015
Mizoram Jharkhand
2 - 3
January 16, 2015
Kerala Haryana
5 - 1


Match Score
January 17, 2015
Meghalaya Chandigarh
1 - 1
January 17, 2015
Goa Karnataka
3 - 1


Match Score
January 18, 2015
Mizoram Haryana
1 - 0
January 18, 2015
Jharkhand Maharashtra
7 - 1


Match Score
January 19, 2015
West Bengal Karnataka
4 - 0
January 19, 2015
Meghalaya Goa
0 - 3


Match Score
January 20, 2015
Kerala Jharkhand
1 - 2
January 20, 2015
Maharashtra Mizoram
-:-


Match Score
January 21, 2015
Chandigarh Goa
2 - 1
January 21, 2015
West Bengal Meghalaya
5 - 1


Match Score
January 22, 2015
Haryana Maharashtra
-:-
January 22, 2015
Mizoram Kerala
2 - 3


Update:

Ten teams have qualified for the final round of the Coca Cola Cup. Zonal winners and runners make up these.

North Zone

Winners  : Chandigarh

Runners Up : Haryana

South Zone

Winners  : Karnataka

Runners Up : Kerala

West Zone

Winners  : Maharashtra

Runners Up : Goa

East Zone

Winners  : West Bengal

Runners Up : Jharkhand

North-East Zone

Winners  : Mizoram

Runners Up : Meghalaya

 

Mode of Competition

  • The Championship will be played on basis of the following system:
Zonal Round : North, South, East, West & North East
  • Depending upon the number of participants, the teams will be divided into
  • different/single group/s and the matches will be played on a single leg leaguecum knock-out basis in their respective zones.
  • The two (2) teams qualifying for the zonal finals from each zone will qualify
    for the final competition, ten teams
Final Round:
  • Ten (10) teams qualified from the Zonal round will be divided into two (2) groups of five (5) teams each
  • Matches will be played on a single leg league basis and top two (2) teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals
  • The semi-finals and the final will be played on knock-out basis. The winnersof the semi-final matches will play in the final.

Zones in the tournament

South Zone

Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh

West Zone

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Daman & Diu

EAST ZONE GROUP A

Sikkim, Jharkhand, Orissa

EAST ZONE GROUP B

SAI , Bihar, West Bengal, Chattisgarh

NORTH EAST ZONE GROUP A

Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram

NORTH EAST ZONE GROUP B

Meghalaya , Tripura, Manipur

NORTH ZONE GROUP A

Haryana , Himachal Pradesh, Delhi , Uttarakhand

NORTH ZONE GROUP B

Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh

Zone Wise Finals

North Zone

Chandigarh – Haryana

2 - 0


South Zone

Kerala – Karnataka

1 - 3


West Zone

Maharashtra – Goa

3 - 0


East Zone

Jharkhand – West Bengal

0 - 2


North East Zone

Mizoram – Meghalaya

3 - 0


Schedule according to match day for Zonals:

Bookmark this page! Results will be updated here!


Match Score
December 8, 2014
Assam Mizoram
2 - 3


Match Score
December 9, 2014
Meghalaya Tripura
9 - 1


Match Score
December 10, 2014
Jharkhand Sikkim
14 - 0
December 10, 2014
Goa Madhya Pradesh
6 - 1
December 10, 2014
Maharashtra Gujarat
6 - 0
December 10, 2014
Arunachal Pradesh Mizoram
-:-
December 10, 2014
Nagaland Assam
-:-


Match Score
December 11, 2014
West Bengal Chhattisgarh
5 - 1
December 11, 2014
SAI Bihar
4 - 1
December 11, 2014
Tripura Manipur
0 - 16


Match Score
December 12, 2014
Orissa Jharkhand
5 - 2
December 12, 2014
Daman and Diu Madhya Pradesh
1 - 6
December 12, 2014
Goa Gujarat
8 - 0
December 12, 2014
Mizoram Assam
3 - 0
December 12, 2014
Nagaland Arunachal Pradesh
-:-
December 12, 2014
Haryana Himachal Pradesh
2 - 0
December 12, 2014
Delhi Uttarakhand
1 - 0
December 12, 2014
Kerala Andhra Pradesh
7 - 0
December 12, 2014
Tamil Nadu Karnataka
1 - 2


Match Score
December 13, 2014
Chhattisgarh SAI
1 - 2
December 13, 2014
Bihar West Bengal
1 - 6
December 13, 2014
Manipur Meghalaya
0 - 1
December 13, 2014
Punjab Chandigarh
0 - 1
December 13, 2014
Uttar Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir
2 - 1


Match Score
December 14, 2014
Pondicherry Karnataka
-:-
December 14, 2014
Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh
5 - 1
December 14, 2014
Sikkim Orissa
1 - 13
December 14, 2014
Maharashtra Daman and Diu
12 - 0
December 14, 2014
Madhya Pradesh Gujarat
0 - 5
December 14, 2014
Himachal Pradesh Delhi
2 - 1
December 14, 2014
Uttarakhand Haryana
1 - 1
December 15, 2014
Mizoram Meghalaya
3 - 0


Match Score
December 15, 2014
West Bengal SAI
4 - 1
December 15, 2014
Bihar Chhattisgarh
7 - 0
December 15, 2014
Chandigarh Uttar Pradesh
5 - 1
December 15, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir Punjab
-:-


Match Score
December 16, 2014
Haryana Delhi
2 - 1
December 16, 2014
Uttarakhand Himachal Pradesh
2 - 2
December 16, 2014
Kerala Pondicherry
0 - 0 (o.P.)
December 16, 2014
Karnataka Andhra Pradesh
8 - 0
December 16, 2014
Goa Daman and Diu
9 - 1
December 16, 2014
Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh
4 - 1
December 17, 2014
Jharkhand West Bengal
0 - 2


Match Score
December 17, 2014
Punjab Uttar Pradesh
7 - 0
December 17, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir Chandigarh
0 - 2


Match Score
December 18, 2014
Tamil Nadu Pondicherry
-:-
December 18, 2014
Karnataka Kerala
1 - 3
December 18, 2014
Gujarat Daman and Diu
5 - 0
December 18, 2014
Goa Maharashtra
5 - 5
December 19, 2014
Chandigarh Haryana
2 - 0


Match Score
December 20, 2014
Andhra Pradesh Pondicherry
-:-
December 20, 2014
Tamil Nadu Kerala
1 - 4
December 20, 2014
Maharashtra Goa
3 - 0

 

Federation Cup 2014-15, revised fixtures

Football, Indianfootball, Federation Cup, Kerala, SoccerSchedule of 2014-15 is altered by All India Football federation. The competition will take place in Goa starting from 28th December and ending on 11th January. Ten participating clubs are divided in to two groups. Group A matches will take place in JN stadium, Margoa and Group B Matches in Tilak Maidan, Vasco

Group A :

Mumbai FC, Royal Wahingdoh FC, Dempo SC, East Bengal Club, Sporting Clube de Goa.

Group B :

Bengaluru FC, Salgaocar FC, Pune FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Mohun Bagan AC

Group A fixtures :

Date : 28-Dec

Mumbai FC – Royal Wahingdoh

-:-


Date : 29-Dec

Dempo Sports Club – Kingfisher East Bengal Club

-:-


Date : 30-Dec

Mumbai FC – Sporting Clube de Goa

-:-


Date : 31-Dec

Royal Wahingdoh – Kingfisher East Bengal Club

-:-


Date : 01-Jan

Dempo Sports Club – Sporting Clube de Goa

-:-


Date : 02-Jan

Mumbai FC – Kingfisher East Bengal Club

-:-


Date : 04-Jan

Sporting Clube de Goa – Royal Wahingdoh

-:-


Date : 05-Janc

Dempo Sports Club – Mumbai FC

-:-


Date : 06-Jan

Kingfisher East Bengal Club – Sporting Clube de Goa

-:-


Date : 07-Jan

Royal Wahingdoh – Dempo Sports Club

-:-


Group B fixtures :

Date : 28-Dec

Bengaluru FC – Salgaocar FC

-:-


Date : 29-Dec

Pune FC – Shillong Lajong

-:-


Date : 30-Dec

Bengaluru FC – McDowell Mohun Bagan

-:-


Date : 31-Dec

Salgaocar FC – Shillong Lajong

-:-


Date : 01-Jan

Pune FC – McDowell Mohun Bagan

-:-


Date : 02-Jan

Bengaluru FC – Shillong Lajong

-:-


Date : 04-Jan

McDowell Mohun Bagan – Salgaocar FC

-:-


Date : 05-Jan

Pune FC – Bengaluru FC

-:-


Date : 06-Jan

Shillong Lajong – McDowell Mohun Bagan

-:-


Date : 07-Jan

Salgaocar FC – Pune FC

-:-


Semifinals

(Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao):

Date : 09-Jan

Winner Group A – Runners-up Group B
Winners Group B – Runners-up Group A

Final

Date : 11-Jan

(Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium)
Winner SF 1 – Winner SF 2

AIFF regional academies to be consolidated in Goa

AIFF, FIFA. Goa, U-17, World Cup, India, Football, Indianfootball, Soccer, AcademyAIFF started off their regional academies with much fanfare and promise. However functioning of these academies are not going as per the original plan, if reports appearing in the media are true.

Players training at the regional academies in Navi Mumbai and Bangalore has been already shifted to the regional academy in Goa. Latest in the line is players at the Kalyani academy in West Bengal. Reports suggest that the only FIFA-AIFF academy in West Bengal has stopped functioning and soon will be shifted out to Goa.

“We have our own building in Goa where all the academy boys can be housed, Moreover, the cost in Kalyani is proving to be on the higher side. In Goa, it will cost less and be more convenient,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das is quoted in a media report.

It is also reported that while AIFF’s director of Academies, Scott O’Donnell has approved of this decision, there is serious resentment within AIFF about shifting the academy from West Bengal.

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