INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - MARCH : 2015

Salgaocar FC's football festival 2014-15

Salgaocar FC's football festival 2014-15

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SFC Press release : Over 500 children and an equal number of parents were in attendance at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground on Sunday as part of Salgaocar FC's football festival 2014-15. The festival forms part of the club's Community Outreach Program, where boys and girls in the age group of 6-11 are introduced to the beautiful game and train every Sunday at the very same venue. In only it's second year, the program has already become a huge success and seen a significant increase in Registrations over year 1.

Through the evening, there were games aplenty, all connected with the game of football for children and parents alike. Other than the 3-a-side tie-breaker, that was exclusively for the ladies, all the other games were open to gents and ladies. Target shooting and juggling also formed part of the line-up, but the game that did catch everyone's imagination was the 6 v 6 small sided games that comprised of 3 parents and 3 children in each team. An exhibition match between the parents with Salgaocar FC's first team players joining in concluded the proceedings.

The Community program was launched last year and has been very well received by children and parents alike. This year saw the program span over 22 Sundays with the kids being trained by the club's highly qualified and experienced coaches and first team players. Given that the children look up to some of the first tem players as role models and watch them in action when taken to the club's home I-League games, it is extremely motivational for them to turn up every Sunday and share the field with their heroes.

The basics of the 'beautiful game' are imparted to these budding footballers using techniques that are both fun and engrossing. Despite the program essentially being a fun kick-about on Sundays for the tiny tots, the most talented boys will find their way into the club's renowned youth development system, recognised by the Asian Football Confederation as being one of the best in the country.

Ms. Swati Salgaocar (Vice President, Youth Development - Salgaocar Football Club), Mr. Adlear D'Cruz (General Secretary, Salgaocar Footbll Club), Mr. Derrick Pereira (Head Coach - Salgaocar Football Club), & Mr. Peter Vales (TD - Youth Development, Salgaocar Football Club) gave away the prizes to the winners.

International Women's Day celebrated by Goa Football Association

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GFA Press release : On the occasion of International Women's Day celebrated on the 8th of March every year, Goa Football Association organised a day-long Women’s Football Festival celebrating "Women in Football" at Duler Stadium in Mapusa.

The programme was organised to recognise, celebrate and promote the development of women's football. The programme was held in alignment with the All India Football Federation's commitment to the development of the beautiful game among women, and supports the Asian Football Confederation's celebration of the International Women's Day across Asia on the 8th March 2015.

Various competitions in football like 6-a-side football matches, tie-breakers, shooting the target, juggling were held and saw enthusiastic participation from all the women present.

The Goa Football Association honored Smt Vijayadevi Rane, the first ever President of the Women's Football Association of Goa, Mrs Clara Gonsalves e Fernandes, the first ever Secretary of the Women's Football Association of Goa and Mrs. Pearl Viegas for her contribution to promoting the game among women. Mementos and plaques were presented to the dignitaries in appreciation of their contribution to women's football.

Mr Elvis Gomes, President GFA, recounted the glory days of women's football in Goa and reiterated GFA's commitment to developing the game among women. The programme was attended by Mona Walgren, a key member of the Swedish selection that played a series of matches across India against the Indian team in the late 1970s. Mrs Juliana Gurjao e Colaco, Chairperson, GFA Women's Football Sub-Committee along with other members Mr. Victor Gonsalves, Mr. Osvaldo D'Costa and Ms. Vera Pires were present on the occasion.

International Women's Day celebrated by Orissa Football Association

ORISSA WOMEN FOOTBALL TEAM STARTS PRACTICE

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FAO Press release : Football Association of Odisha celebrated the AFC Women's Football Day. At 3.00 PM around 50 women Football players participated in a Football Festival organized by Football Association of Odisha. Mrs Gitanjali Khuntia (AFC C License Football Coach & Grassroots Coach), Ms Sudipta Das, Ms Bishnu Priya Das, Ms. Chitrambada Patra (National Women Referees), Mrs Banishree Chintak (P.E.T - St Xaviers High School) were also present during the Festival.

In the end at 6.00 PM at OCA Conference Hall Mrs Anita Behera (MAYOR - Cuttack) was present as the Chief Guest. Some senior Women Football Players and women Referees and women coaches were felicitated and were given certificates.

Other dignitaries who were present in the closing ceremony were Mr. Avijit Paul (Joint Secretary - FAO) and Mrs Sangita Sharma (Joint Secretary - FAO) were also present in the closing ceremony.