Indian Women's League 2016-17 will kick-off in Cuttack on October 17
14.10.2016 : The preliminary round of the inaugural edition of the Indian Women's League 2016-17 will kick-off in Cuttack on October 17, 2016. Ten Teams across the Country will lock horns to qualify for the National Finals which will be held later. The Teams have been divided into two groups and the top finisher from each group will earn a ticket to the Finals.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF termed it as a “historical moment” for Indian Football, let alone the Women Footballers.“Promotion of Women’s Football stays on our priority list at All India Football Federation and this League is going to further enhance our process. Our primary aim is to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2018 and the League will offer the perfect platform for our Women Footballers to showcase their talent,” he told www.the-aiff.com.
The 10 Teams who have been divided into two Groups are as follows :
Group I: Royal Wahingdoh FC (Meghalaya), Alakhpura FC (Haryana), Rising Student FC (Odisha), New Quartz FC (Kerala) and Bodyline FC (WIFA).
Group II: Eastern Sporting Union FC (Manipur), KRYPHSA FC (Manipur), Jeppiyar Institute FC (Pondicherry), Sudeva Moonlight FC (Delhi) and UPFC (Uttar Pradesh).
"Indeed this is a historical moment for Indian Football. There have been quite a few Women Footballers who have plied their trade abroad in the recent past. But with our own Indian Women's League coming up the ecosystem will be more sustainable and fool proof."
AIFF Technical Director Scott O’Donell felt that the League will enable the girls to “foresee a career ahead.”"The women Footballers will feel the urge to prove themselves as they can foresee a career ahead. The youngsters who used to look up to Bembem Devi, Aditi Chauhan and others are being given the platform to prove their worth. A professional league is always needed to sustain a Player's career and that's what has been planned,” he stated to www.the-aiff.com.
“Besides, this will also provide motivation for many young girls who are currently part of our GR Programmes across India.”
10.10.2016 : Yellow and red cards were introduced at the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and have since become part and parcel of the game. They were "invented" 49 years ago by Ken Aston, an Englishman who sadly passed away in October 2001. In the year 2015, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Italy’s Serie B professional league will add the green card to reward players who commit conspicuous acts of sportsmanship. The idea was first adopted in Italian youth leagues and could spread other professional leagues, the newspaper said.
Now the history was made in Italy's Serie B this week, after Vicenza's Cristian Galano received football's first ever green card. Italian second tier match between Virtus Entella and Vicenza sees first ever GREEN CARD given for fair play IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL.
The green card, which is awarded for fair play, is an initiative that the league's officials announced they were introducing at the beginning of the season. The player who is awarded the most green cards will receive an award at the end of the campaign.
Vicenza's Galano was awarded the green card after admitting that no Vitrus Entella defenders had touched the ball when his team were awarded a corner kick