18.08.2016 : All India Football Federation confirms an International Friendly for the Senior National Team against Puerto Rico on September 3, 2016. The match will be played at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.

“We are pleased to announce an International Friendly against Puerto Rico on September 3, 2016, in Mumbai,” All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das told

“As per the August FIFA Rankings, Puerto Rico are ranked 114. Playing against such an opposition will help us prepare well for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers,” he added.

National Coach Stephen Constantine stressed that the best way to test growth is to “playing higher ranked opposition.”

“During my previous tenure in India, we regularly played higher ranked Teams. It’s the best way to test yourself. Puerto Rico are presently ranked 114 and we look forward to playing them,” he stated.

“The pre-season training camp had its own benefits and they were visible even in the high altitude in our unofficial Friendly match against Bhutan in Thimphu. But this will be an entirely different ball game,” he maintained.


FC Goa Skills Programme in Ahmedabad

18.08.2016 FC GOA PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa is presently conducting its first FC Goa Skills Programme in Ahmedabad lead by the team’s Grassroots Development Director Gavin Araujo, an AFC A license Coach. Over the last two years Araujo has been spearheading FC Goa’s ambitious Grassroots Development Programme and has overseen much of the club’s work at the Grassroots Level.

Keeping in line with its commitment to grassroots development, the FC Goa Skills Programme is an outreach programme aimed at training coaches involved in grassroots development programmes and honing the footballing skills of young players. The keen students include young talented football players (girls and boys) and female coaches.

The programme, presently underway will see 20 coaches and 70 young players gain practical and theoretical knowledge on the latest training methods as imparted by the team of FC Goa coaches. Over the next eight days Araujo and his team will train coaches on the various practical aspects including warm up sessions and its benefits, goalkeeping techniques, conditioning and attacking, dribbling and other related techniques. Coaches and students will also head to the classroom where they will be imparted theoretical knowledge on the principles of coaching a team of players, identifying and defining football related problem techniques and style of play, designing training sessions for optimum performance, factors affecting performance and the learning curve of a coach, among other subjects. Confidence building measures are also part of the programme.

The week long training session will culminate with an FC Goa Open day tournament between the young players of the grassroots programme. FC Goa’s Grassroots development programme which commenced two years ago saw FC Goa reaching out to over 20,000 children and actively mentoring and coaching over 1300 students in the sport of football.

Over the last few months FC Goa’s Grassroots Coaches have been working closely with Goa’s young talented footballers while mentoring and coaching Goa’s young footballers. Araujo leads the grassroots programme and is supplemented by a team of 4 assistant coaches and 8 Grassroots coaches, besides 16 Physical Education teachers from various schools inducted in the programme.

FC Goa’s Grassroots Development Programme saw a tremendous response since its inception. The objective of the festival is to introduce children to the game of football in a friendly playing environment, where they are encouraged to experience football and enjoy playing the beautiful game while developing their inherent talent