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#KickForABrick – Chhetri and Ranbir takes the kick!

Lenovo, Sunil Chhetri, Ranbor kapoor, Donosti, Yuwa, Jharkhand, NGO, football, womens football, india, spain, kickforabickAfter the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the internet is in a frenzy over the #KickForABrick challenge.

While the rest of the world has been busy talking about Iceland’s meteoric rise at the Euro’s 16, Messi’s retirement after Argentina’s loss at the Copa America and other teams such as Germany, Spain, England, Poland etc a section of the Indian audience has been glued on to the #KickForABrick challenge.

 

The video that started it off appeared on Twitter a couple of days ago, and shows Ranbir Kapoor and Mumbai City FC striker & Captain of the Indian Football team Sunil Chhetri passing the ball to one another. They then proceed to challenge their fans to take up the #KickForABrick challenge.

 

 

And here’s the effect it had on fans.

 

From simple kicks

 

 

 

To mind-blowing tricks

 

  To Sketches of footballs made on paper   https://twitter.com/anuragsinha1992/status/749644524012568577   And even human footballs  

 

People have come together to support the YUWA girls in their quest to build a new school.

 

The reason for doing so became clear after we took a closer look at the video. Ranbir and Sunil were heard saying “Every time you kick a ball, the YUWA girls get to add a brick to their new school.

 

A quick google search later, we chanced upon a site where we found out that the girls from the NGO YUWA have travelled all the way to Spain to play at the Donosti Cup-the largest youth football tournament in the world in order to raise funds for their school.
Looks like their story tugged at the internet’s heart strings & sent these people into a #KickForABrick frenzy.

 

And it’s simple to participate. Record your video, send it to +91 7718991766 or upload it on to Facebook & Twitter and challenge your friends using #KickForABrick. For more information, you can log on to http://www.girlswithgoals.in/kick-for-brick

 

And if football, is not your thing, you can simply donate money to fund the YUWA girls’ school on http://girlswithgoals.ketto.org/

 

India thrash Nepal 6-0 to become 3rd time SAFF Champions

India, Nepal, Womens, SAFF, Indianfootball, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bala Devi, Manipur, South Asia, Womens Football, SoccerIndian women’s football team put on a splendid performance to thrash Nepal 6-0 in the finals to lift the cup the third time in a succession. Bala Devi scored four goals for India in the finals.

After a relatively slow start to the match, India started their goal glut by the 26th minute through Kamala Devi. From then on the hapless Nepal team wilted under Indian dominance. In the last five minutes of the first half, Bala Devi struck twice as India lead 3-0 at halftime.

Within two minutes into the second half India scored again through Romi Devi. From then on, India scored at will till the final minutes taking the tally to half a dozen goals. Bala Devi doubled her tally to four in the match by scoring in the 51st and 92nd minute of the match.

India was in Group A of the tournament along with Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan. In the group matches India defeated Maldives 8-0, Bangladesh 5-1, Afghanistan 12-0. And in the semi finals they routed Sri Lanka 5-0.

India Squad Finals :

India played 5 matches, scored 36 goals and conceded one. Baladevi who has been in terrific form had earlier told the Pakistan media that her target is to score 16 goals in the tournament. In fact she did achieve her target and 16 goals is the highest tally in a single edition of the championship, since its inception in 2010.

 

Manipur to conduct School Girls Football Festival

The Andro Mahila Madal Association will conduct School Girls football Festival 2015 in Manipur. The objective of this football festival is to revive the glory of team sports like football in schools and become the foundation to a sporting state and bring glory to Manipur. In addition to this, the football festival will focus on bringing school girls to active lifestyle and good health. The festival focuses on women empowerment, confidence and creativity. School Girls from classes 7,8 & 9 are welcome to participate in the festival.

The football festival is divided into two programs.

  • School Coaches Workshop & Training for Fun Football in Schools
  • Fun Carnival games and 7 a side tournament for all participating students

AMMA is a women’s organisation working with young girls and supporting their sporting talents and encouraging young girls to play team sports like football since 1993.

Dana Cup, one of the worlds largest football tournaments that takes place every year in Denmark is a partner in this football festival.

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AIFF planning to scrap Santosh Trophy – AIFF general secretary

SantoshTrophyLogoAIFF general secretary – Kushal Das has said that the federation is mulling over a decision to scrap the national championship – Santosh Trophy as it has lost its relevance.

The report also suggest that AIFF is planning for an Elite residential academy in Goa and Pune.  They are also planning to implement a grass-root programme in Maharashtra with the help from Football Federation Australia.

From now on AIFF would give more impetus to women’s football as women’s football has much better FIFA ranking compared to the men’s team.

On the status of U-17 World cup bid, it was said that AIFF is still waiting for clearances from the government on this. As we reported earlier, the last date to forward our bid is September 30th.

We are guessing these questions were put forth to the AIFF general secretary at the Sportzpower football summit at Delhi.

Read more : AIFF mulling over Santosh Trophy’s future: Secretary

Update : Today, TOI which carried that article (AIFF mulling over Santosh Trophy’s future: Secretary) has put a spin to the whole issue. The new report says that AIFF secretary said that there is a need to make Santosh Trophy contextually viable.

Malayalam news reports are saying that Kushal Das did volt-face over his previous statement which he made during that Sportzpower summit and came out with statement later that he is not against Santosh Trophy and there is no decision to cancel the tournament.

AIFF could change the Santosh Trophy format and is mulling to make it an U23 tournament.  Read more: Santosh Trophy format change on the anvil