PRESS RELEASE 28.07.2016 : Mariners' World, a Locally Owned and funded Fans' Club of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, the National Football Club of India, have come up with a thought provoking idea to show their compassion towards their favourite club. As one of the very first privately owned fans' clubs in the country, Marniers' World are expected to launch a music album; completely organised and funded by themselves, dedicated to the legacy of Mohun Bagan AC on 29th July, 2016, which is a red letter day in the history of the oldest football club in India and is celebrated for their historic win in the 1911 IFA shield final.
Mariners' World, formed in 2015 by some Mohun Bagan enthusiasts have slowly grown in reputation through their committed work with junior level football players and some success in the local junior level tournaments. Now, the group managed by 9 eager fans and having numerous active players and members are being supported by Diyala as their main sponsor in their endeavour. The music album, named as 'Mone Gaane Mohun Bagan' is expected to create some ripple as it is probable that the Mohun Bagan AC top officials themselves including the President and the General Secretary might launch the album from the club tent on the specified date.
The album consists of 4 songs, which will be unveiled shortly and have been directed by Mr. Surodeep Hazra, who has also contributed in the lyrics with Mr. Pradip Hazra. Subhendu Thakur, Pritam Kumar, Pallab Chakraborty, Arghya Sarkar, Surodeep Hazra, Payel Dey and Teeasha Dey have lended their voices to form the much hyped album.
The Mariners' World management seem pretty confident about the music launch as they claim to have seen a commendable response to their promotion and invitation of the event. Having their fingers crossed, this group of football enthusiasts from the City of Joy will be hoping to mix the two aspects of the city's much beloved culture - football and music.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 28.07.2016 : The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Mr. Praful Patel Chaired AIFF’s Executive Committee Meeting at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on Thursday (July 28, 2016). Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das; Vice Presidents Mr. Subrata Dutta, Mr. KMI Mather, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, Mr. Subhash Chopra, Mr. Larsing Ming; Treasurer Mr. ZA Thakur; Ms. Sara Pilot; and all other members except Mr. AR Khaleel and Mr. Jesiah Villavarayar attended the Meeting.
AIFF Technical Director Mr. Scott O’Donnell, Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia, Chairman, Technical Committee, AIFF; Mr. Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and Mr. Joy Bhattacharya, Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 were also present on the occasion. Mr. Chirag Tanna and Mr. Rochak Langer representing FSDL attended the Meeting.
The Committee was apprised about the approval of the participation of 40 odd Teams in the U-18 League (post inspections). This is a significant increase as in 2015-16, there was a participation of 28 Teams in the League.
Besides, the U-16 Youth League has also witnessed a massive increase in Teams. While in 2015-16, 39 Teams had participated, the forthcoming edition will see over 50 Teams battling for the top honours.
Echoing the sentiment, Mr. Patel said: “This is a huge positive step.”
“It highlights the interest about the game among the younger generation. AIFF has been working extensively on the Grassroots and Youth Development, the results of which are beginning to show”, he added.
The first edition of the U-13 League is scheduled to kick-off in 2017-18 season.
The draft for the proposed restructuring of Indian Club Football was put forward to the Executive Committee for the members along with the comments received from I-League and 2nd Division Clubs. The members of the Committee have been asked to come back with their suggestions.
Furthermore, the President suggested the formation of a working committee to initiate an extensive dialogue involving all stakeholders for the best possible path including discussion with AFC and FIFA.
The Committee also ratified the proposal of providing a time span of one year to 2nd division Clubs to complete their I-League Club licensing criteria instead of the prevailing three-month span.
The fee of the Central Registration system (CRS) was reduced from Rs. 15000 to Rs. 5000 for foreign Players and to Rs. 5000 to Rs. 2000 for Indian Players. In addition, Women Players playing in the proposed Women’s League will have to pay a CRS fee of Rs. 1000 while all other Women Players need to play an amount of Rs. 100.
The AIFF regulations on working with the intermediaries were approved by the Committee.
Meanwhile, the Committee congratulated the Indian National Team for an authoritative display against Laos in the play-offs for the 2019 UAE Asian Cup Qualifiers where India won 7-1 on aggregate.
Javier Ceppi also briefed the Committee about the organistion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
The proposed new logo of the AIFF was presented to the Committee and approved. The launch date of the logo will be decided soon by the President.