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Prince Al Husein launches AFDP-Magic Bus partnership

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AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : FIFA Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein launched Asian Football Development Project's (AFDP) partnership with Magic Bus India Foundation at the Vinay Marg Sports Complex in New Delhi on Monday (April 7, 2013). All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, former India Captain Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia and Mr. Mathew Spacie, CEO, Magic Bus Foundation India, were also present on the occasion.

The AFDP, an independent organisation, headed by HRH Prince Al Bin Al Hussein, aims to provide effective, needs-based assistance to all Asian Football Associations in a fair and transparent manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Al Hussein said: "This is the beginning for all of us as we intend to take the sport to the next level. I'm confident we'll find enough elite players through the initiative."

'Growing football talent from some marginalised areas of the World is a truly worthy venture and we are proud to be associated with this initiative. The girls who are part of this will create a change in their own lives and become role models for other girls in the neighbourhood." he added.

"All India Football Federation is glad to be associated with Magic Bus Foundation India for such a venture. Grassroots stays on the top of AIFF's priority list and we want to broadbase it," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said. "Using football to pursue social and development goals like gender equality is something we fully support. This is a wonderful new initiative leveraging the world's most popular sport and I am excited about such creative possibilities," he added.

"We believe the beautiful game can play an important role in creating a significant impact on the society," he added. Bhaichung Bhutia stressed on the importance of the fairer sex playing the sport. "Obviously we want kids to play but we need girls to play football as well," he maintained. "As a member of the AIFF's Technical Committee, Grassroots stay very close to my heart."

Spacie, CEO, Magic Bus Foundation India reflected on football "cutting all barriers in the society."We need more and more kids to play the sport. Magic Bus works to move children out of poverty using sport as a development tool and football is a very important tool in our community development initiative," he opined.

AIFF designs new Trophy for I-League Champions..


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AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : A new glittering Trophy awaits the 2012-13 I-League Champions. All India Football Federation has designed a dedicated Trophy which will be handed over to the Champion Team the day they are crowned Champions.

The Trophy, a Gold-plated one and which has a full-sized silver football at the top has been designed in Europe. It will do the rounds every year like it happens across the World.

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said: "It is the endeavour of AIFF to practice the best principles of other Leagues and accordingly we thought to create a more contemporary look to the I-League Trophy in line with Trophies given in European Leagues," All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said.

I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar informed: "This is the first time a dedicated Trophy is being given away to the I-League Champion. The Trophy has been designed in Europe and is at par with any top League's Trophy." "Previously there used to be one Trophy given away to the Champions who retained it."

Dhar also pointed out that since last year the I-League Trophy is being given on the ground itself and not at a later date. "On the day when the concerned club are crowned Champions, the Trophy is handed over to them. This has been in practice since last year," he opined.

As it stands, Churchill Brothers are on the brink of winning their second I-League crown and need just one point from the two remaining matches against Mohun Bagan (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) and Air India on May 12, 2013.

As per the I-League table, Churchill Brothers would be handed over the Trophy on Tuesday (May 7) itself if they are able to earn a point against Mohun Bagan. But if they are unable to do so, the Trophy would travel to Pune for the last round where it will be handed over to either Churchill Brothers or Pune FC.

Bangladesh Women XI win 2nd Match 4-1 against IFA Women XI.

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Yesterday in the first match held at SAI ground Salt Lake the visiting Bangladesh Women XI beat IFA Women Xi 6-0. Today at Kalyani Stadium the visiting team again beat the host 4-1. Tomorrow the team will face last friendly at Kachrapara Stadium.