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The AIFF along with the Technical Experts from FIFA and AFC meet at the Football House today, to decide and finalize the aspects of Club Licensing.

The Committee headed by Chairman Dr. Girija Mungali have finalized nine, out of the fourteen applicants, who are eligible for the Club License and thus they will going to participate in the forth coming I League in December 2014.

Bengaluru FC, Dempo SC, Pune FC, Salgaocar SC, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC, and Shillong Lajong FC have successfully fulfilled the Licensing Criteria while United SC, Churchill Brothers, Mohammedan Sporting and Rangdajied United have not been up to the mark so the hopes of participating in the I League of these four clubs are almost over.

The 14 I-League playing clubs had submitted the documents and based on thoso an inspection was conducted in the month of April and May.

The Club Lisensing committee comprises of FIFA Regional Developmental Officer for South and Central Asia Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Advocate Mr. Ushanath Banerjee, and Mr. Punkaj Jain, Chartered Accountant, and Airtel I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar are the other members of the First Instance Body decided that except Shillong Lazong and Mumbai FC all the other clubs are granted both the National Lisense and AFC Certificates and as such except these two the remaining seven clubs are permitted to participate in the AFC tournaments.

While narrarting Roma Khanna added, that Shillong Lajong and Mumbai FC do not have AFC A class Stadium, but were fully compliant of the infrastructure requirement for the National License.

Pune FC was the only club who fulfilled the criteria lat year. AIFF has given an exemption of one year to fulfill the requirements. The clubs, who failed to fulfill the criteria for Club Licencing can appeal to the Licencing Committee in June, but it can be said that the future of Churchill Brothers, United Sports, Rangdazied United and Mohammedan Sporting are in question now.

AIFF has given a lot of time and opportunity to develop the infrastructures, but the lack of professionalism had restricted these four clubs to come up to the standard which has been prescribed by AFC. These Clubs are not only restricted to participate in the I League, even they will not be allowed to play the Federation Cup. If these clubs are promoted to the 1st division of I League from the lower levels even then these four clubs will not be allowed to play the I League.

Book Released on FIFA World Cup

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SUBHRANSU ROY - KOLKATA : Today in a gala ceremony a book written in Bengali on world cup has been released by veteran football personality and Olypian PK Banerjee in presence of two star player of 70s Goutan Sarkar and Subhas Bhowmik. Incidentaly Subhas Bhowmik also has been given the responsibility of coaching Mohun Bagan club for the upcoming season. The released was held at premises of Calcutta Sports journalists club.

The book titled ‘Biswakaper Anondya jogye’ has been written by leading football journalist in the country Kashinath Bhattacharjee and published by Rupali publication .The 304 pages book contents a few rare black and white as well as colour pictures .It narrates many unfold stories of World cup from its inaugural edition in 1930 to present days.

Speaking to the occasion Olympian PK Banerjee highly praised the hard work of the author and appealed to all football fans to purchase it and studying it before or during watching World Cup on TV screen. Both Goutam Sarkar and Subhas Bhowmik also thanked the author and the publishing company for such a informative book on world Cup. Among others veteran sports journalist Debasish Datta and purnedu Chakraborty graced the occasion.

GFA conducts successful Central Registration System workshop

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A successful workshop was conducted by the Goa Football Association on the new player Central Registration System (CRS) at Dempo House, Panjim on Tuesday 20th May.

Representatives from the four Goan I-League clubs, namely Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo Sports Club, Churchill Brothers Sports Club and Salgaocar Football Club were present, along with the Goa Pro League and GFA 1st Division clubs.

GFA Youth Development and Competitions Officer Adley Costa took the clubs through a colourful presentation on the new CRS database system which has been proposed by the All India Football Federation.

The club representatives were given time to test out the CRS data base system and the useful feedback from the participants was noted. The Central Registration System is a newly introduced database, which keeps track of all player registrations/transfers in India. All professional as well as amateur players will have to be registered with the scheme and will be given a unique ID number.

Giving the vote of thanks Adley Costa thanked the clubs for their co-operation. "Thank you all for coming and we hope we can count on your co-operation to ensure Goa remains as a model state for Indian football," stated Adley. GFA General Secretary Adlear D'Cruz was also present for the workshop.