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I-League 14 clubs failed in Club Licensing Critera..


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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Dr. Girija Shanker Mungali, Chaired the Club Licensing Committee - First Instance Body (FIB)- Meeting organised by the All India Football Federation at Football House in Dwarka on Friday (August 3, 2013).

The five-member Committee appointed by the AIFF includes FIFA Regional Developmental Officer for South and Central Asia Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Advocate Mr. Ushanath Banerjee, and Mr. Punkaj Jain, Chartered Accountant, and I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, apart from the Chairman himself.

AIFF's Club Licensing Committee decided that based on the reports all the fourteen License Applicants failed to clear the Licensing Test. The 14 Clubs are Dempo SC, Pune FC, Salgaocar SC, Churchill Brothers, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Sporting Clube de Goa, Prayag United SC, United Sikkim, Mohammedan Sporting, Mumbai FC, Rangdajied FC, Shillong Lajong FC, and Pailan Arrows.

The decision was based on the various documents at the Committee's disposal.

However, all the I League clubs have been given a lifeline by the AIFF by allowing them to appeal or seek an exemption for the National License to participate in I League and Federation Cup this Season.'

The request for an exemption to compete in the National Club Competitions has to be sent to AIFF's Club Licensing Manager, Ms. Roma Khanna by August 14, 2013. This exemption is mandatory, without which the Clubs will not be allowed to compete in the I- League.

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said: "This is a mandate given by AFC, and approved and accepted by the AIFF. So the Licensing Criteria is a must, and all the Clubs need to abide by it."

"FIB (First Instance Body) went through the evaluation in great detail. The process was extremely fair and independent," Das added.

All India Football Federation started the process in January 2013 to implement Indian Club Licensing for the first time. This included an inspection of all the Clubs later in May and June when a five-member Team including National Coach Wim Koevermans visited the I-League Clubs.

Referee Pratap Singh has been adjudged the Best Referee of the Year by AIFF..

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : NEW DELHI: FIFA Referee Pratap Singh has been adjudged the Best Referee of the Year by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) while Biplab Poddar bagged the Best Assistant Referee of the Year award. "This award means a lot to me. I am grateful to AIFF for recognising the efforts of referees in the country," Pratap Singh told

"This is a collective achievement. I would not like to take all the credit myself. The Referees Department and all the Referees under its umbrella should be lauded equally. On the pitch we all thrive to give the best and ensure the game remains "beautiful. This Award will not only motivate me to work harder, but all the Referees in India to give their best shot. This automatically will enhance the match quality," added the veteran Referee.

Head of Referees, AIFF Goutam Kar said: "I congratulate both of Pratap and Biplab for having worked hard throughout the last season. They fully deserve the Awards. Having said that, we always strive to improve, so I look forward to even better standards of refereeing in coming years to ensure Fairplay which stays on top of our agenda."

Mr. Pradip Nag, Vice Chairman Referees Committee added: "It is the most inspiring news and others must emulate their sporting achievement by means of diligent discharge of duties. I congratulate both of them."

The Referee & Assistant Referee Award has been in vogue since the First Edition of National Football League (rechristened as the I-League in 2007) from the year 1996.

GOA FOOTBALL : Referees and Match Commissioners to be felicitated..

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GFA PRESS RELEASE : Referees and Match Commissioners to be felicitated. The Goa Football Referees Association will be felicitating referees and match commissioners who have served for over 25 years. The programme will be held on 3rd August at Duler Stadium, Mapusa at 4:30 pm.

The list of beneficiaries include 31 referees and match commissioners along with Ms. Maria Rebello who is expected to be the first women referee to be named in the I-League referees' panel. She has also officiated in international women's football tournaments organized by the FIFA.

An exhibition match between North Goa referees and South Goa referees has been scheduled to mark the auspicious occasion.

Minister for Labour, Employment and Fisheries Mr. Avertano Furtado will be the chief guest. Velim MLA and Chairman of Referees sub-committee, Mr. Benjamin Silva along with GFA executive members are also expected to grace the occasion.

AIFF Executive Committee meeting held at Delhi today..


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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Mr. Praful Patel Chaired the Executive Committee Meeting at All India Football Federation Headquarters, Football House in the Capital on August 1, 2013. Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Mr. Subrata Dutta, Vice-Presidents Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo, Mr. Larsing Sawyan, Mr. K.M.I. Mather and Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja, all other Members except Mr. Menla Ethenpa attended the Meeting. Ms. Sara Pilot, the Chairperson of the Women's Committee also attended the Meeting. The Committee unanimously decided on the following points:

  • Representatives from IMG-R who attended the Meeting made a presentation about the newly proposed IMG-R League which is scheduled to kick-off in January 2014.

  • The Committee unanimously decided to Award the Best Coach Award' to Derrick Pereira . Pereira was chosen by the Committee over three other Coaches which were suggested to the Committee by the AIFF's Technical Team, the AIFF General Secretary and I-League CEO.

  • The Committee also endorsed the idea of having an Award for the Best Junior Player (U-23) and continue with the Award for the Best Referee and Assistant Referee of the I-League.

  • As per the request of the I-League Clubs, the 2013-14 edition of the I-League would be played on a Home and Away basis.

  • Furthermore, only Teams with a valid Licence under Indian Club Licensing System will be allowed to compete in AFC Club Competitions.

  • The fixtures for the current season of the I-League is to be decided next week in consultation with the Clubs.

  • It was also certified that performance in Local League is mandatory as eligibility criteria for 2nd Division League.

  • The Committee allowed the registration of four Foreign Recruits for 2nd Division and State Leagues but only two would be allowed to play.

  • Also, the venue cap for I-League and 2nd Division League per State/City is to be 6 for 2013-14 season and five Teams from 2014-15 onwards.

  • Meanwhile, the new Club Licensing Criteria for 2nd Division League has been approved. This is in synchronisation with Indian Club Licensing Regulations.

  • The physical inspection for 2nd Division Clubs is to be conducted in September 2013 with the Preliminary Rounds to kick-off in November. The Final Round is to be held in February/March 2014.

  • The Committee took strong exception to the formation of an Adhoc Committee by the Pondicherry Football Association which is completely against their Constitution. The Committee decided that a dialogue should be setup with the President of the Pondicherry Football Association to resolve the matter and reinstate the old Committee till the Elections in 2014. In case of failure to do so, AIFF will set up an Adhoc Committee as per its Constitution and hold the Elections within six months.

  • The elections of the Andhra Pradesh Football Association would be held at the earliest. Mr. Gulam Rabbani was appointed as the Observer for the Election.

  • The Committee also approved the new AIFF Disciplinary Code which have been drafted in lines with FIFA and AFC.

  • It was decided that the U-19 National Championship for Girls would be held in Orissa. Furthermore, the Committee decided to refer to an Inspection Committee (which would be formed by the Competitions Committee) the venues for other National Age Group Competitions including the Santosh Trophy.

  • The Committee congratulated the Indian U-16 for their recent triumph in the SAFF Championship.

  • Meanwhile, Mr. Franco Miranda, an Executive Committee Member was named the Head of the Indian Delegation for the SAFF Championship to be held in Kathmandu in September.