29.03.2017 - DEMPO PRESS RELEASE : Dempo Sports Club’s state of the art football academy is all set to begin operations, come July 2017 with the scouting process to commence from the first week of April. The fully residential academy would be located in the pristine hinterlands of Ella, about nine kilometres from Panjim and three kilometres from the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. The academy project will have an international sized grass pitch, work on which has already commenced. (4th APRIL - 21st APRIL : Those born on or after 01-01-2005 till 31-12-2005)

The grass pitch is expected to be ready to use by November 2017 along with the academy administration block. Phase two of the project would see the player residences being completed along with the artificial turf. The academy block would house the offices of the coaches and the Technical Director, along with the gymnasium, cafeteria, recreation room etc, while the accommodation would have rooms of high standards where the boys would stay and study in.

There are also long term plans of building a school of high international standards in the vacant land adjacent to the football academy. As part of its commitment to football and youth development, Dempo’s ambitious plans would enable the youth of Goa to have a holistic development with football and academics being taken care of. In the interim, talks are in progress with schools within the radius of five kilometres, where the boys would be given admission and side by side be trained in footballing skills.

The duration of the stay would be for four years that will hopefully yield positive outcomes and the boys would be taken on a full scholarship where all their footballing and academic needs would be taken care of. The talented boys from the academy after passing out would be absorbed in the Dempo Sports Club senior team and go on to play professional football at the highest level in India and hopefully venture into foreign shores.

As part of its long-term plans and to continue to match the best standards in the world, the academy will also look to tie up with a foreign club, for technical exchange of modern training philosophy, sports science and nutrition. Coach education would also be given utmost importance. The trials will commence immediately as per the schedule given below ensuring that boys from the whole of Goa are given an opportunity to express themselves. The schedule of the trials is as follows

Reporting time is 08:45 a.m. Players should report with full playing kit and copy of birth certificates. This trial is only for boys whose births have been registered in Goa.


Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) Event in GOA

29.03.2017: : Several of Goa’s best known footballers of the sixties and seventies assembled under one roof for the first time as part of a get-together, organized by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) at Casa do Povo, Goa Velha, on Sunday.

Football heroes like Candido Abreu, Alisab Sadekar and Alcantara Barreto, all formerly from Salgaocar Sports Club and part of the first ever Goa squad to take part in the Santosh Trophy in 1964 at Madras (Chennai), were in attendance among the 60-odd footballers and were delighted to meet their teammates, many of whom they had not seen for many years.

They were joined by members of the Goa women's team that won the 1977 National Women’s Football Championship in Goa. There were also several other footballers, administrators - past and present – besides officials. AWES is a recently-started organisation formed under the presidentship of former goalkeeper Avertano Furtado.

“It gives me immense joy to see all my heroes. I’ve grown up watching so many of you and to see everyone together celebrating football is a dream come true. At AWES, we will do all we can to ensure that you spend the rest of your lives with dignity,” Furtado said in his welcome address. Former India coach Armando Colaco, treasurer of the association, spelt out the need for this organisation to be formed and said the exploits of yesteryear players will never be forgotten.

“Our objective is to recognise and recollect the contribution made by sportspersons, sports administrators and sports technical and field officials. We intend to render whatever assistance possible, whenever required,” said Colaco. Sunday, though, was not just about footballers. There were officials too, like former director of sports RB Jirage, Jaisinh Maganlal and Damodar Bhonsulo.

Earlier, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of all former greats who have passed away. The cake to celebrate the occasion was cut by five of the senior-most players and officials present at the get-together which included former Salgacocar players Candido Abreu, Alisab Sadekar, Alcantara Barreto and Suresh Kudchadkar, besides officials like Jaisinh Maganlal and Damodar Bhonsulo, all of whom were aged above 80.

AWES has promised to convince the government to take up new schemes and modify and implement existing schemes for sportspersons. The aim is to ensure that all former sportspersons live their twilight years with respect and dignity.


AIFF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - MARCH 2017 :: Federation Cup will be played in Cuttack on and from May 7-21st .

23.03.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation Chaired AIFF’s Executive Committee Meeting which was held at Football House, the AIFF Headquarters, New Delhi on Thursday (March 23, 2017).

Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das; Vice Presidents Mr. Subrata Dutta, Mr. Larsing Ming, Mr. Subhash Chopra, Treasurer Mr. ZA Thakur, all other members except Vice-President MR. KMI Mather, Mr. Manavendra Singh attended the Meeting.

Mr. Abhishek Yadav, Director, Scouting, AIFF, was also present as was Ms. Sara Pilot. Mr. Chirag Tanna and Mr. Rochak Langer representing FSDL attended the meeting as invitees.

The Committee applauded Mr. Patel’s gesture of donating USD 200,000 for Players Benevolent Fund and USD 100,000 for the AFC Social Development Reform Programme.

Welcoming the new members to Executive Committee, Mr. Patel said: “We have a very important and exciting year ahead of us. There are lots of competitions in 2017 which includes the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 as well. It is a huge responsibility on us as we intend to take Indian Football forward,” he said. “The focus at the moment has to be on the U-17 World Cup and the Mission XI million.”

The Committee also congratulated the Senior Indian National Team for their 3-2 victory against Cambodia. Congratulating the team, Mr. Patel said: “I would like to place our appreciation on record for the Coach, the players and the support staff. It was nice to see Sunil (Chhetri), Jeje (Lalpekhlua) and Sandesh (Jhingan) score the goals. Congratulations.”

“We face a tough challenge against Myanmar and the AIFF has been arranging for International Friendlies to help the team prepare better,” he added.

Dr. Swarup Savanur, Mental Training Coach for U-17 National Team provided an insight and his approach which stresses on improving the mindset of the players. “We need to remove the fear from the minds of our players and need to focus on building a pre-competition routine leading to the U-17 World Cup,” Dr Savanur stated.

Abhishek Yadav, COO, India U-17 Team also apprised the Committee about the preparation under new U-17 Coach Luis Norton de Matos.

Savio Medeira, acting Technical Director, AIFF gave an update on Coach Education, the new change in the definition of Grassroots, Academy Accreditation and home grown players. The Committee also ratified the proposed Baby League.

Meanwhile, the Hero Federation Cup will be played in Cuttack, Odisha. It will kick-off on May 7 with the final slated for May 21, 2017. The top 8 placed Teams from the Hero I-League 2016-17 standings will be playing for top honours.

The AIFF decided to implement a State Ranking system which is to be introduced as per the performance of the State Associations relating to all aspects of the game.

The Committee also approved all the AIFF Standing Committees and Judicial Committees unanimously. To view the full list, click on: https://www.the-aiff.com/sub-committee.htm Meanwhile the three-year calendar for AIFF National Competitions was also approved by the Executive Committee. The venues for all the competitions would be decided on a rotational basis.

Relating to the pending Haryana Elections, the Committee decided that the elections be held at the earliest but not later than two months. A three-member Committee from AIFF will be set up to oversee the elections.


Minerva Punjab FC colts stun India U-17 World Cup team; Defeat 1-0 in Goa.

MPFC PRESS RELEASE : 22.03.2017 : In what could have been an eye opener and a shocking result to all India Football lovers in the country, Champions of AIFF Youth League for 2 consective years Minerva Punjab FC defeated India U-17 World Cup team in a highly dominated encounter at the Trinity Football Ground, Benolim in Goa. The win comes no surprise to all the Minerva Fans and faithfuls as they are well aware of the potential its U-17 team posesses and the talent at its disposal, meanwhile India U-17 newly appointed portuguese gaffer Luís Norton de Matos will now have alot of Home work to do with less than 8 months remaining for the U-17 FIFA World Cup to be played at home.

Jackson Singh the man who led Minerva Punjab FC to victory in the recently concluded AIFF Youth League was given the arm band while Manipur lad Komal Thatal was chosen to lead the National team. The game started on quite an impressive note for the visiting Minerva team who made continues attacks into their oppositions box with some wonderful skills on display ripping apart the Indian defence, Attacker Nongdamba Noarem and Baoringdao Bodo anchored quite well from the mid field as they managed to creat some fantastic moves for Amarjeet Mishra lacked the final touch, former India U-15 attacker Amarjeet Mishra managed to keep the National teams backline buzy throughout the evening as he assisted a class 1-2-1 flick for Bodo who nodded home the lead for the visitors in as early as 20 minutes where the warriors dominated 70% of the posession.

The visitors missed quite a few chances that could have added on to the scoreboard as Baoringdao Bodo's powerfull header and a couple of Amarjeet Mishra's screamer missed the target by inches. The game took an ugly turn in the final minutes of the first half as India's Mizoram born Midfielder Lalengmawia was cautioned for a harsh tackle during the proceedings. Both teams went for a lime break with Minerva leading with a 1-0 scoreline.

The second half saw a much determined Minerva Punjab FC colt looking to add the numbers after a powerful half-time talk by their Spainard gaffer Jose Carlos Hevia and Manager cum CEO Ranjit Bajaj in the dressing room. as the boys went roaring from the whistle go! Skipper Jackson Singh took the first dig at the goal in the second half as his powerful shot from quite a distance missed the woodwork by inches. Gaffer Jose Carlos Hevia soon brought in Bedeshwor and Arjun in favour of Henba and Krishna to pump up the attacking force with over Half-an-hour remaining for the final whistle but their efforts were in vain as they lacked the final touch. A total of 2 clear penalties were also denied to the warriors which would have given the Minervans a much better lead. The game ended with the score board remaining unchanged as Minerva emerged victorious at the final whistle, courtesy to Boaringdo Bodo's strike.

Minerva Punjab FC next face India U-15 National Football Team on 24th March in a friendly match at 8.30pm in the Artificial Turf Ground, Utorda, Goa.