PREMIER LEAGUE FUTSAL TOURNAMENT - INDIA 2016

CAFU REPLACE RONALDINHO IN GOA

BRAZIL 2002 CAPTAIN CAFU REPLACE RONALDINHO IN GOA

18.07.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : The Goa franchise legend Ronaldinho has expressed his regret at having to leave Premier Futsal ahead of the Goa leg of the tournament beginning July 19.

A few days back, Ronaldinho was informed that he has been chosen as the ambassador of the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil and requested the organisers’ permission to leave the tournament midway to honour the position he was offered.

The Premier Futsal management is committed to have a long-term association with Ronaldinho and took his request into consideration, before allowing him permission to leave.

While the league is disappointed at having Goa’s legend miss out on playing in front of his home fans, they are pleased to announce the signing of another Selecao legend and the captain of arguably one of the most successful Brazilian national teams, Cafu, as a replacement to lead the Goa franchise.

Owing to Cafu’s delayed arrival, and to allow the Goan futsal fans to see their new captain in action, the league will be rescheduling a few games. The updated schedule will follow this statement.

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Ryan Giggs and Ronaldinho to kick-off Premier Futsal

Ryan Giggs and Ronaldinho to kick-off Premier Futsal on July 15 in Chennai

12.07.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : Premier Futsal, world’s first multi-national Futsal tournament will kick-start their inaugural edition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on July 15. The first edition of the league will see 6 franchises divided in two groups to battle it out over 8 match days and 13 matches to make it to the finals which will be played in Goa on July 24, 2016.

*2 Cities, 6 Franchises, 8 Match Days and 14 Games *
*6 Legends are Giggs, Ronaldinho, Scholes, Salgado, Crespo and Falcao *
*6 Franchises are Chennai, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolkata *

Premier Futsal also introduced all its franchise owners for the first edition.
*Mumbai franchise- car designer Dilip Chhabria
*Goa franchises - Viiking Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
*Kochi franchisesDubai based Yes Events Management
*Bengaluru franchise - Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar
*Kolkata franchise - Bengali superstar Jeet
*Chennai Franchise - Janani Ramesh - Hindu Group

The unveiling of Manchester United Ambassador - Ryan Giggs, Ronaldinho – the smiling assassin from Brazil and the Argentine forward Hernan Crespo completed the signing of their 6 marquee players. Premier Futsal has previously announced Manchester United’s midfield maestro Paul Scholes and Galactico Michel Salgado as their other signings. With Portuguese international Deco having to drop out last minute because of injury, the Pele of Futsal, Falcao will replace him as the sixth marquee player for the league.

Premier Futsal also concluded ‘Launchpad’, a talent hunt program which was conducted in 8 cities to scout for Indian Futsal players. The shortlisted Indian Futsallers were hosted a boot camp in Chennai and 5 players from each of the franchise markets were announced today. Each of these 5 players have been drawn in to the teams of their respective cities and will get a chance to play alongside the current best Futsal players in the world and the marquee football players.

The league will kick-off 15 July 2016, and will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, SONY ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on SonyLIV.

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Puneeth Rajkumar bags Bengaluru franchise of Premier Futsal

Puneeth Rajkumar bags Bengaluru franchise of Premier Futsal

11.07.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : Puneeth is the youngest son of Rajkumar, the most decorated actor of Kannada cinema. Bangalore becomes the third franchise to be sold after Chennai and Kolkata ( Bengali Filmstar Jeet) which were announced previously. Kannada cinema’s poster boy Puneeth Rajkumar has signed a long-term agreement with Premier Futsal to acquire the Bengaluru franchise of Premier Futsal.

Premier Futsal is a private and semi-professional Futsal league promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group. The league will be hosted from July 15 - 26 2016 to create awareness of Futsal as a sport in India. Premier Futsal will make India the first country in the world to host a multi-national All-Star Futsal tournament that brings the legends of football and futsal together.

The agreement, for an undisclosed sum, makes Bengaluru the third franchise to be sold after the youngest son of Rajkumar, Kannada cinema’s most decorated actor picked up the Bengaluru 5’s franchise.

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PREMIER LEAGUE FUTSAL TOURNAMENT - INDIA 2016

Bengali film icon Jeet acquires Kolkata franchise of Premier Futsal

06.07.2016: PLF PRESS RELEASE : Bengali cinema superstar Jeet’s Grassroot Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. has signed a long-term agreement with Premier Futsal to acquire the Kolkata franchise of the world’s first-ever multi-nation futsal league.

The agreement, for an undisclosed sum, makes Kolkata the second franchise to be sold after the promoters of football club Chennai City FC – among the oldest in the city – picked up the league’s Chennai team.

Grassroot Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Director, Jeet said “Football has a huge, fervent following in Kolkata, where love for the sport is passed on from one generation to the next. It is therefore a matter of great pride for me to introduce the faster, shorter version, of the beautiful game to Kolkatians. Through Futsal, the young generation can hone their skills and talent, which will uplift their quality and eventually benefit in long-term development of footballers. I’m certain it will capture people’s imaginations and thrive, and I urge people to come forward and support our initiative to lead the Kolkata franchise of Premier Futsal to glory.”

The Kolkata franchise will be christened Kolkata 5s. In the inaugural season, each team will be similarly named. The franchise-owners will then be allowed to rebrand their respective teams from the second season onward.

Premier Futsal Managing Director, Dinesh Raj said, “It gives me immense pride to announce Jeet and Grassroot Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. as owners of our Kolkata franchise. We are delighted to have a superstar of Jeet’s stature backing Premier Futsal and playing his part to grow it in what is football’s Indian heartland. The response we have received from prospective owners across all cities validates our decision to get behind Futsal as sport. We will unveil owners of the other franchises very soon.”

Premier Futsal, which kicks off July 15th, is a private and semi-professional league promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group. The league has signed some of the best futsallers in the world – spearheaded by the renowned Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as ‘Falcao’ – and has even enticed iconic footballers like Paul Scholes, Michel Salgado and Deco to compete.

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PREMIER LEAGUE FUTSAL TOURNAMENT - INDIA 2016

First Ever Premier Futsal League Launched a Nationwide

12.05.2016: PLF PRESS RELEASE : Premier Futsal today launched a nationwide talent hunt to identify and pick the top local futsalling talent to play in the inaugural season of the world’s first-ever multi-national futsal league. Dubbed ‘Premier Futsal Launchpad’, the talent hunt will kick off on May 26th in Mumbai, taking in seven other cities across the country before it concludes on June 21st in Delhi.

The talent hunt will pick a total of 40 players – five per city – who will go on to represent their home cities in the league. Global futsal legend Alessandro Rosa Vieira ‘Falcao’, Premier Futsal league ambassador Virat Kohli and Chairman Xavier Britto launched the talent hunt.

Premier Futsal Chairman, Xavier Britto said, “The Premier Futsal League is a unique concept in that it’s the only multi-national futsal league in the world. But even as the league will have the best global futsalling and footballing talent on display, we are committed to driving the holistic development of the sport through the creation of a strong base of local players.

Alessandro Rosa Vieira ‘Falcao’ said, “I think the concept holds a lot of promise and has the potential to grow what is a truly spectacular, fast-paced game in a major way in India. While I’m really looking forward to testing my skills against the world’s best futsal and football players, I’m equally excited to be measuring myself against the best India has to offer.”

Premier Futsal league ambassador Virat Kohli said, “The launch of Premier Futsal is a massive shot in the arm for Indian sport. We’ve seen India’s appetite for different sports growing over the last few years and I’m sure a sport as exciting, competitive and riveting as futsal will strike a chord with sports fans here. I think the talent hunt is a great initiative which will nurture local talent and help futsal establish itself firmly among India’s most followed sports.”

The talent hunt is open to any applicants between 18 to 24 years of age. Aspiring futsallers can register to be part of the talent hunt online or on the spot at select sports clubs and colleges across the eight cities that Premier Futsal will be visiting.

Managing Director, Premier Futsal, Mr. Dinesh Raj said "The talent hunt will not only give the top homegrown futsalling talent the chance to measure themselves against the best the world has to offer, but also set the stage for the emergence of the next generation of futsal stars.”

Applicants will be put through their paces at a three-day camp in each city, where they will be evaluated for physical fitness and mental agility, and technical attributes like flair, creativity, positioning, dribbling, passing and tackling.

About 25 of the most promising candidates from each city will then advance to an exhaustive three-week boot camp in Mumbai, where they will train along with international players, before five from each city are chosen to represent their home side in the league.

The cities which will host the talent hunt are – Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

Premier Futsal, the world’s first multi-national team-based Futsal league, is set to take place in India from July 15th to July 24th with each game split into two halves of 20 minutes each. Over 50 International Futsalers, from four Continents and 21 countries are expected to participate. The league, governed by the Futsal Association of India (FAI) with accreditation from international governing body, Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF), was launched in Mumbai earlier this week in the presence of the founding team and FAI representative

PREMIER LEAGUE FUTSAL TOURNAMENT - INDIA 2016

Futsal association of India (FAI) announced a strategic partnership with United States Futsal Federation (USFF).

12.05.2016: PLF PRESS RELEASE : As part of this partnership, FAI will receive technical support from USFF to further development of the sport in the country. USFF, incorporated in 1981, is responsible for extensive growth of Futsal in the United States and will lend wealth of its experience to the FAI. Currently USFF has 40,000 members and 112,000 active registered players across all state association and leagues.

In addition to the knowledge support, the tie-up will include talent exchange programs, wherein Indian players will receive the opportunity to participate in developmental camps in the United States.

Vice-President, Asociación Mundial de Futsal and Founding President, FAI, Mr. Namdev Shirgaonkar said “We are proud to be associated with United States Futsal Federation. This is a landmark development for Indian Futsal that strengthens our commitment to grow the sport in the country. We look forward to more and more youth the Futsal family in India"

President & CEO, Mr. Alexander J.C Para, said "Futsal is one of the fastest growing indoor sport in the world which requires exceptional physical fitness and quick thinking. In the U.S, with our direction, we have seen it grow multifold and given increasing sporting appetite of Indian consumer, I'm certain FAI will lead the sport to mainstream attention in the country"

The announcement was made in presence of Mr. Alexander J.C Pera and Mr. Namdev Shirgaonkar here in Mumbai.

About Futsal Association of India (FAI)

Futsal Association of India (FAI), under the aegis Namdev Shirgaonkar, founder President, which introduced Futsal in India in 2008 and has been developing the game since then. FAI is affiliated with Association Mundial de Fútbol de Salón (AMF), the oldest world body of Futsal, since 2011 & is also a founder member of the Confederation of Asian Futsal (CAFS).

About United States Futsal Federation (USFF)

The United States Futsal Federation was incorporated in January, 1981 in California. The USFF is the national governing body for the sport of Futsal in the United States. It is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 1988.

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