INDIA FOOTBALL NEWS - July 2017 :: NEWS GALLERY - YEAR (2013-2017)

 MUMBAI FOOTBALL - Varsity Cup 2017 won by Team Habibiz
MUMBAI FOOTBALL - Varsity Cup 2017 won by Team Habibiz
31.07.2017 : PIFA Corporate Leagues a division of PIFA organized another successful football tournament to promote Indian football under the grassroots development guideline’s of AIFF. The Varsity Cup was specially designed for College / University students especially for those going abroad for further studies.

Ten teams participated in the two-day tournament held on 29 & 30 July 2017 at the PIFA Centre of Excellence Training Centre in Mahalaxmi. Team Habibiz Captain Arsh Majithia scored the first two goals to lift the coveted Varsity Cup 2017. They beat an exhausted Bamba FC 5-0 in the finale.

Habibiz beat Purple Haze in the semi finals 4-1, while Bamba FC beat UFC 3-0 which was undoubtedly the toughest game of the tournament. This game exhausted the Bamba FC players in their final match. In the Twenty-three matches 126 goals were scored, averaging 5 goals a match. Karan Dave (Habibiz), Shanay Surana (Bamab FC) and Divyam Bhatra (Purple Haze) scored 8 goals each.

Karan Dave got the Highest Goal scorer having scored in the Final while Shanay Surana got the Best Player Award. Neel Shah presented the prizes to all the winners.


Great Sports Independence Day Cup 2017
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Independence Day Cup 2017 :Bethlehem Vengthlang FC victorious; Aizawl FC and AIFF U19 battle to a draw DAY - 3
31.07.2017 : Bethlehem Vengthlang FC 1-0 Dinthar FC
BVFC : (B Zoramthara 67')

31.07.2017 : AIFF U 19 0-0 Aizawl FC

31.07.2017- MFA Press Release : Day 3 of the Great Sports Independence Day Cup 2017 saw Bethlehem Vengthlang FC come out 1-0 winners against Dinthar FC in Group A, while I-League champions Aizawl FC were held by an impressive AIFF Under -19 team from the sesame group. An exciting first half saw Dinthar FC come close several times with chances from Lalbiakhlua and Malsawmtluanga. BVT FC also had their fair share of threats but they couldn't pose a substantial threat to Dinthar FC keeper Malsawma. Dinthar FC's foreign recruit Clarence Carter brilliant effort was stopped by Bethehem Vengthlang FC keeper Hmangaihzuala in the second half and it was BVT FC who found the breakthrough on the 67th minute with an effort from B. Zoramthara. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC secured three points from two outings, Dinthar remained pointless after the same number of matches. The second fixture of the day was played between Aizawl FC and the AIFF U19 team. The game began slowly with both sides unable to apply any pressure on the opponent goal. The pace increased though after the half hour mark with the AIFF boys mounting a flurry of attacks on the home side’s goal. The AIFF team threatened through Lalnuntluanga and Lalengzama. Zonunmawia also had a chance and Edmund Lalrindika also proved to be a spark in their attacks. Aizawl FC also had chances through William Lalnunfela and Lalmuankima, and they came very close as Lalruatfela Zote struck the post in the first half. The second half saw much of the same action as both teams looked threatening at times but were unable to find the net. Aizawl remained at the top of Group A with four points from two matches, where as the AIFF boys began their campaign with a well deserved point.


Great Sports Independence Day Cup 2017
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Independence Day Cup 2017 : Chanmari FC and Chhinga Veng FC win in day 2
29.07.2017- MFA Press Release : Chanmari FC and Chhinga Veng FC enjoyed a bright start to their Independence Day Football campaigns with emphatic victories over Mizoram Police FC and Chanmari West FC in the first two Group B matches at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl today.

A dominant Chanmari FC were up by 2 goals as early as the 20th minute with strikes from PC Zosangliana and Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia. The reigning MPL champions continued to enjoy possession throughout the first 45 minutes.

They got their third shortly after the restart as PC Zosangliana scored his second of the match and Lalrosanga ensured it was a good day at the office for his team by scoring their fourth four minutes later. The second fixture of the day was a rematch of the MFA Super Cup final with Super Cup champions Chhinga Veng FC squaring off against Chanmari West FC for the second time in a week.

CVFC took the lead when Malsawmfela scored on the 9th minute but the West Warriors found an equaliser through Lalnunmawia on the 30th minute. M.S. Dawngliana then made sure Chhinga Veng Fc went into the break with a lead when he scored right before the halftime whistle.

Chhinga Veng FC got their third immediately after the restart through an own goal from Lalmawizuala on the 47th minute. And the Super Cup champions managed to score five past CWFC for the second time in a week when winger Laldampuia grabbed a second half brace.

July 29 : Chanmari FC 4-0 Mizoram Police FC
(PC Zosangliana 4', 49', Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia 20', C Lalrosanga 53')

July 29 : Chhinga Veng FC 5-1 Chanmari West FC
(Malsawmfela 9', MS Dawngliana 45', Lalmawizuala OG 47', Laldampuia 69', 83') (Lalnunmawia 30')


Great Sports Independence Day Cup 2017
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Independence Day Cup 2017
28.07.2017- MFA Press Release : The Great Sports Independence Day Cup kicked off in style today at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl with defending champions Aizawl FC beating 2015 finalists Bethlehem Vengthlang FC.

I-League champions Aizawl FC took the lead on the 18th minute when Lalrinzuala Khiangte pounced on a rebound after Lalruatfela Zote had struck the post. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC then equalised 10 minutes later after Dina Varte won a penalty. B. Zoramthara stepped up and duly converted the spot kick.

And it was BVT FC who then controlled proceedings and they could've taken the lead before halftime with Dina Varte coming close.BVT FC began the second half in the same manner and B. Zoramthara missed a great chance. But it was Aizawl FC who took the lead again as Nigerian defender Kareem Omolaja struck a great freekick.

BVT FC came close to an equaliser on several occasions but they ultimately paid for their profligacy in front of goal.The second fixture of the day saw Ramhlun North FC soundly beat Dinthar FC with a 4-1 victory.

What was expected to be an even affair was tilted in RNFC's favour after DFC's Stephen Lalnunmawia was sent off in the first half. Ramhlun North FC then scored two in four minutes just before half-time with strikes from C. Ramdinmawia and Lalliansanga.

Dinthar FC managed to pull one back through Samuel Laltlanthanga, but in the end it was smooth sailing for RNFC as striker Francis Onyema grabbed a brace late on.

01:00 PM Aizawl FC 2-1 Bethlehem Vengthlang FC
(Lalrinzuala Khiangte 18', Kareem Omolaja 58') (B Zoramthara 28' p)

03:15 PM Dinthar FC 1-4 Ramhlun North FC
(Samuel Laltlanthanga 78') (C Ramdinmawia 41', p, Lalliansanga 45', Francis Onyeama 84', 90+1')

July 29, Saturday Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Fixtires:
01:00 PM Chanmari FC vs Mizoram Police FC
03:15 PM Chhinga Veng FC vs Chanmari West FC


The Goa Football Association and
The Goa Football Association and "Discover Football" MOU with German based organization
28.07.2017-GFA Press Release : The Goa Football Association and "Discover Football" a German based organization, which promotes Women Empowerment have come to an understanding to promote the broad objective of "Discover Football" to get more and more Women interested in football, increase social acceptance of Women's Football, strengthen Women Empowerment through a network of support for Women's Football, promote inter cultural exchange, and address various issues relating to Women.

At a meeting of the Women's Sub Committee, which was presided over by the President, Mr. Elvis Gomes, the clauses in the draft MOU were discussed and agreed upon. It may be recalled that Tibetian Women Football had last year visited the State under the aegis of "Discover Football" and played two matches in Goa. The GFA and "Discover Football" have taken it further to organize an All India Invitational Tournament for Women comprising of eight teams, which will be held at Duler from 05.08.2017 to 13.08.2017.

Welcoming Ms. Johanna Small from "Discover Football," the President Mr. Elvis Gomes said that the partnership would go a long way in filling the missing gap in the development and promotion of football by making it inclusive for women also. He further said that this tournament would be used as a precursor to the proposed league for women, which shall be held from the month of October in the State.

The event will also include football camps for Junior Girls and Workshops for various Women groups along with Cultural Programs during the period.


AIFF "D" Certificate course ( IFA-WB) held from 22.7-26.7 July.

26.07.2017 : Indian Football Association ( WB) has been conducted the AIFF 'D' Certificate Course on and from 22nd July to 26th July at Gangarampur- Howrah and Barasat Stadium. AFC 'A' License Coach Mr. Jayabrata Ghosh was the Course instructor. IFA staffs Amar Bose and Zakir Hossain Molla assisted the Programme. Below are the list of the participants

Subir Guha Thakurata.
Indrasish Ghosh
Ramesh Dolui
Surojit Mondol
Abir Ranjan Deb
Spriya Dutta
Dilip Kumar Das
Tapas Majhi
Raghunath Soren
Dibyendu Chakraborty
Abhijit Chakraborty
Anjan Krishna Pal
Tuhin Laha
Partho Paul
Seikh Sabir
Raju Bar
Subrata Mitra
Debasish Pathak
Ranjit Ghosh
Ratan Maity
Ramesh Debnath
Subrata Ghosh
Biplab Kumar Hansda.
Sima Boiragi.


25.7.2017- MFA PRESS Release : 25.07.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation conducted two three-day seminars for the aspiring Match Commissioners in Mumbai and Kolkata respectively in July 2017. 50 candidates turned up for the seminar and at the end of the three-day program at each venue, they had to appear for an examination on July 8, 2017 (Mumbai) and July 14, 2017 (Kolkata).

Twenty-four candidates successfully passed the course which entitles them to officiate in various AIFF competitions.

The list of 24 successful candidates are noted below:

Rahul Eric Dsa, Sudhir Menon Chembazhi, Shailesh Laxman Karkera, Kozhikkat Parameswaran Ravindaran, Senthil Kumaran, Adley Manuel Costa, Jonathan Rjf De Souza, Thambiraj Gopal, Nicholas Jesus Falcao, Robin Xavier, Firdous Khalil Ahmed, Wendy Assunta D'Costa, Pynshngainlang Nicholas Jyrwa, Arindam Bhattacharyya, Mazhar Ahmed Mansoor, Princefil Sebastian, Rahul Parashar, Haobam Khamba Singh, Renthlei Malsawma, Sudhesna Mukherjee, Amit Purushottam Dharap, Tapish Thapa, Biswajit Mitra and Mulrajsinh Ghanshyamsinh Chudasama.

Five pro-pass candidates are listed below:

Rajiv Chaudhary, Ignatius Basil Lawrence, Aparup Chakraborty, Virender Kumar Dahiya and Zeybun Nisha.


 MFA Super Cup 2017
MIZORAM FOOTBALL- Lalbiakliana Memmorial MFA Super Cup 2017. Chhinga Veng FC lift trophy for the first time

24.7.2017- MFA PRESS Release : Chhinga Veng FC came out on top in a one-sided final of the MFA Super Cup today (24th July, 2017) ,thoroughly beating their opponents Chanmari West FC in a 5-0 victory. They collected a beautiful trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000 from the wife of late Mr Lalbiakliana, who's family sponsored the tournament.

After heavy clouds disrupted play twice about a couple of minutes into the first half, Chhinga Veng FC enjoyed more possession and were able to threaten their opponents. They got their breakthrough in the 31st minute with a flurry of goals where CVFC scored 3 in the space or four minutes. Striker Malsawmfela scored in then 31st minute and again 3 minutes later, with Laldingngheta adding a third less than a minute gone.
 MFA Super Cup 2017

The second half began in the same manner with striker Malsawmfela completing his hattrick on the 49th minute and making it near impossible for the West Warriors to salvage anything out of the game. MIdfielder R Malsawmtluanga then scored their fifth goal fifteen minutes from time.

63 clubs from various divisions of Mizoram football participated in the tournaments where the two Mizoram Premier League clubs met in the final.


Chhinga Veng 5-0 Chanmari West FC
(Malsawmfela 31', 34', 49', Laldingngheta 35', R. Malsawmtluanga 78')


Best Goalkeeper : Laltanpuia, Mizoram Police FC
Best Defender : Lalrinchhana Tochhawng, Chhinga Veng FC
Best Midfielder : R Malsawmtluanga, Chhinga Veng FC
Best Forward : Malsawmfela, Chhinga Veng FC
Fair Play Award : Chhinga Veng FC


200 plus Indian PlayersVie for Ten ISL Clubs selection
200 plus Indian PlayersVie for Ten ISL Clubs selection.
19.7.2017- ISL PRESS Release : Hero India Super Leagueseason 2017-18 PlayerDraft scheduled to be heldon Sunday, 23rd July in Mumbai willfeature ten clubs, including the new two entrants - Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC- who will vie for the finest footballers from astrong army of 200 plus Indian players.

Hero ISL regulationsallowClubs to have a minimum of 15 and maximum of 18 Indian players in the squad, including two U21 development players mandatorily. The Clubs were allowed to retain a maximum of two senior players from their 2016 squad, in addition to retaining upto three U21 players to fill up the development player quota.

Eight of the nine teams have made the most of the retention regulation for the season by signing 22 Domestic Players in a bid to create the core of their squad, while Delhi Dynamos have opted to begin on a fresh notefor the upcoming season. As the new team in ISL, Jamshedpur FC will get the first pick in both 1st and 2nd rounds of the Player Draft, while Delhi Dynamos FC will be the second club to exercise their right in the opening round.FC Pune City who have retained only 1 senior player will join the above two in the second round. The rest of the six clubs, except Chennaiyin FC will join the Player Draft from the 3rd round.

Chennaiyin FC will be the only club to join the Player Draft from 4th Round. The 2015 champions have retained promising youngster Jerry Lalrinzuala– a capped Indian player falling under U21 category,in addition to their two senior players retention and hence will have to miss the first three rounds.ISL 2017-18 Player Draft will witness a total 15 rounds. The sequence for selection of Player Draft rounds for each club will be determined by a draw of lots on Saturday evening.

The Instant Trading Card, first successfully introduced during ISL 2015 Player Draft, allows teams a second chance to trade an already picked player. From the third round onwards, any Club may, within 15 seconds of another Club announcing its Draft pick, press the buzzer to activate the “Instant Trade” process. Representatives of the clubs will then head to the Instant Trading Table to propose, negotiate and close the deal within a stipulated time.

Atletico de Kolkata
Sr Retained: DebjitMajumdar, Prabir Das
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including two U21.
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr Retained : Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh
U21 Retained :Nishu Kumar, Malsawmzuala
No of players to be selected :Min 13
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr. Retained: JejeLalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh
U21 Retained: Jerry Lalrinzuala (capped), AnirudhThapa
No of players to be selected :Min 12
Entry in Draft Round : 4

Sr. Retained: None
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected :Min 15 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round: 1

Sr. Retained: LaxmikantKattimani,Mandar Rao Dessai
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected :Min 13 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr. Retained: Vishal Kaith
U21 Retained: AshiqueKuruniyan
No of players to be selected :Min 14 including one U21
Entry in Draft Round : 2

Sr. Retained: CK Vineeth,SandeshJhingan
U21 Retained: PrashanthKaruthadathkuni
No of players to be selected :Min 13 including one U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr. Retained: Amrinder Singh,Sehnaj Singh
U21 Retained: Rakesh Oram
No of players to be selected :Min 13 including one U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr. Retained: Rowllin Borges,TP Rehenesh
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected :Min 13 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Sr. Retained: None
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected :Min 15 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round: 1


NEUFC launches own Residential Youth Academy to tap talent in the eight states of the region
NEUFC launches own Residential Youth Academy to tap talent in the eight states of the region.
19.7.2017- NEUFC PRESS Release : Superstar John Abraham’s popular football club, the NorthEast United FC (NEUFC), took its first major step towards nurturing footballing talent across the eight states of North-East India by launching its own Residential Youth Academy.

The Centre of Excellence (CoE), as it has been baptized, will operate out of Shillong and offer the handpicked kids the best in terms of training, education and competition throughout the year.

“This is a dream come true,” John Abraham said while making the announcement. “When I bid for the team three years ago my first goal was to start a residential academy for the talented kids out there. We will all do everything in our power to provide every talented child the opportunity to learn and eventually play for the NEUFC first team,” he added.

The ambitious plan fell into place after NEUFC joined hands with Shillong United FC, formerly known as Royal Wahingdoh FC, to develop the region into a footballing power centre. “We are delighted to start this developmental project with NEUFC,” Dominic Tariang, owner of Shillong United and Partner-Youth Development, stated.

“We have already charted a well-defined and competitive pathway for the fantastic talent pool of the North-East. We want to showcase all this on the biggest footballing stage in India,” John added. Dominic Tariang thanked John Abraham and the NEUFC for being such strong believers in the football potential of the North-East. “Our partnership creates synergies that will benefit the footballing environment of not just Shillong but all other parts of the region,” he added.

“We have found a great partner in Dominic and Shillong United and we share our passion and love for football in the North-East,” John supplemented. The two clubs will diligently pick the best students for the CoE and not only provide them training and education but also competition throughout the year. Shillong United already has a solid base in the capital and will give the chosen ones opportunities to play and enhance their skills in the Shillong State League and other competitions.


Prashant  Narayan Choudhary from Jaipur, Rajasthan
Prashant Narayan Choudhary from Jaipur, Rajasthan invited for trials in Mexico.
19.7.2017- JFC Release : Prashant Narayan Choudhary from Jaipur, Rajasthan is the first Indian to be invited for trials in Mexico by some leading Professional clubs of Mexico. Before this Prashant has been playing for more than two years in Barcelona, Spain and has been part of many top Leagues that gave him the confidence to move for next phase of his life and play professional.

Prashant has been part of trails of Celaya FC, Universidad Guadalajara and many more. The Agents and Coaches are really happy on the performance and the technical report clearly shows that Prashant is really good in Speed and Endurance compared the players who have been part of the Trials in the clubs which is a added benefit for any Indian.

Rafael Jardon an ex-Player from Club America who has watched and guided Prashant closely is very positive for him to be signed in by a leading club in Mexico. Prashant is currently practicing and working on his fitness and will be in India for a Sabbatical break for a month.

Prashant said that Playing in Mexico is one of the dreams has come true but for me the honor would be to play for India one day and play for some professional team in India as Indian football has changed so much today and he can see future for many Indian players like him who are chasing their dreams.


From the Colaba Back Garden to the 2017 ISL draft
From the Colaba Back Garden to the 2017 ISL draft

18.7.2017- PIFA Release : From scoring the winning goal in an MSSA interschool final as a seven-year-old to making it into the 2017 draft of the Indian Super League, Neel Shah has come a long way. This milestone brings him closer to fulfilling his dream of playing for India.

A product of the Premier India Football Academy (PIFA), Neel showed his passion for football at an early age, he trained at the Colaba back garden for Campion School & PIFA. He represented Maharashtra in the Under-13 and Under-15 AIFF national tournaments. He was the youngest debutant in the MDFA Elite division making his debut for the PIFA Colaba men’s team at the age of sixteen, and he went on to play the AIFF I-League 2nd Division & I-league U-19 tournament aged 17.

He was recently awarded an Honours Degree in Football Studies and Business at Southampton, UK while captaining his university football team which competed against other universities having players from English Premier League academies.

He has trained under UEFA “Pro & A” licensed coaches at internationally renowned youth academies - such as the Bobby Charlton, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, UK; Hristo Stoichkov Academy in Barcelona, Spain; and AC Milan Academy, Italy.

“This talented, tall young lad has come a long way. Being left footed and quick will make him an asset to any team” - Gary Lewis (ex-Head of Youth Development, Liverpool FC 2008–2014 coach & current Philadelphia Union U14 head coach) had this to say while awarding best skills player to Neel at a summer camp to Liverpool International Academy in 2011.

PIFA Director’s Anjali & Nirvan Shah could not be prouder of their twenty two year old son, Neel, and hopes for the best in his footballing endeavours.



14.7.2017: Prince Rufus has been nominated as a Development Manager by FIFA for the South East Asia. Prince was a successful AFC and FIFA Match Commissioner conducted some important Indian Super League matches in the recently concluded season.

Prince Rufus a man from Sainiknagar-Barasat, a place in the North 24 parganas district of West Bengal started his carrier in the Indian Football Association, West Bengal as Administrative and Marketing Assistant. Prince was associated with Mohun Bagan as General Manager and Head of the Administration for seven years from where he joined as a Joint CEO in Aizawl FC in the year 2015-16 .

Prince Rufus being replaced by Shaji Prabhakaran in his new assignment. Prince will be in charge of development in the countries like Bangladesh, Srilanka, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan.



KFC NEWS DESK - 13.7.2017 : IFA introduce Digital card with Data for the footballers who are registered with the association. The Digital card will be applicable in all the divisions ( From Premier to Fifth Division ) of CFL in the current season. The Digital card contains all the important information regarding a footballer.

The inter club transfer of the Premier division starts from today. The Premier Division will going to commence on and from the 7th of August. It is likely that the CFL will end at the last week of September as because the U 17 World Cup will going to commence from the 6th of Octobe. CFL 1ST DIVN league to start from 20th july while 2nd divn from 18th.


 pifa football>
08.07.2017: : Battle for the Net 2017 was a seven-a-side football tournament organised by PIFA a grassroot initiative held for digital media companies at Turf Park in Mahalaxmi. Nine teams participated – Togglehead, 22Feet Tribal WW, The Glitch, Social Kinnect, Affinity Global, Schbang, Pinstorm, Foxymoron and Liqvd Asia - with the tournament being held from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July.

The quality of football was far superior to what any of the organisers were expecting. AIFF Executive Committee Member Mrs Anjali Shah presented the awards.

Togglehead took the Winners Trophy beating 22Feet Tribal 3-1 in a closely fought final. Individual awards were given to Abheer (Togglehead) for Best Player, Saurabh (22Feet Tribal) for Golden Glove, and Tejas (22Feet Tribal) for Golden Boot of the tournament.

Battle for the Net 2017, the inaugural edition of PIFA’s Corporate Leagues, was considered a success by the participants, who spoke of loving both the spirit and the organization of the tournament.


06.07.2017: : The sr. football team of India achieved its 2nd best-ever FIFA Ranking since February 1996 as they were ranked 96 in the July FIFA Rankings released by FIFA. While India are currently placed 12th in AFC rank also. Though the FIFA rank of India was 94 in february 1996. In November 1993 India's rank was 99. The National Team won 13 of their last 15 matches and are unbeaten in the last 8 matches (including friendly).

 135  2016  135 - Stephen Constantine
 166  2015  141 - Stephen Constantine 
                  Wim Koevermans
 171  2014  145 - Wim Koevermans 
 154  2013  143 - Wim Koevermans
 166  2012  154 - Wim Koevermans
                  Savio Medeira
 162  2011  144 - Savio Medeira
                  Armando Colaco
                  Bob Houghton
 142  2010  130 - Bob Houghton
 134  2009  134 - Bob Houghton
 143  2008  143 - Bob Houghton
 143  2007  143 - Bob Houghton
 157  2006  117 - Bob Houghton
                  Syed Nayeemuddine
 127  2005  127 - Syed Nayeemuddin 
                  Sukhwinder Singh 
                  Stephen Constantine
 132  2004  143 - Stephen Constantine
 127  2003  133 - Stephen Constantine
 127  2002  120 - Stephen Constantine
 121  2001  113 - Sukhwinder Singh
 122  2000  106 - Sukhwinder Singh
 106  1999  106 - Sukhwinder Singh
 110  1998  110 - Syed Nayeemuddin
 112  1997  109 - Rustam Akramov
                  Syed Nayeemuddin
 120  1996  94  - Rustam Akramov
 121  1995  111 - Rustam Akramov
 109  1994  101 - Jirí Pesek
 100  1993  99  - Jiri Peeek

India were ranked 171 when new coach Stephen Constantine took over the team in February 2015. In 2006 India's best rank was 120 in Januae where the coach was also Stephen Constantine. The National Coach Stephen Constantine stated: “When I took over, I had mentioned that my target was to bring India below 100.


I-League and ISL will be held simultaneously after end of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

05.07.2017: AIFF Release : The League Committee members met under the Chairmanship of Mr. Subrata Dutta at AIFF Headquarters, Football House, Dwarka, New Delhi on Wednesday (July 5, 2017). The Committee unanimously took the following decisions:

The I-League and the Indian Super League will be held simultaneously for the 2017-18 season and would kick-off after the completion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

The Committee also deliberated on the proposal from various PSUs of conducting an Institutional/Corporate League for the PSUs and Corporates, starting from 2017-18 season and unanimously agreed on the proposal to organise the league under the aegis of AIFF, subject to all expenses being borne by the participating teams.

A task force was formed to oversee operation, marketing and promotion of the I-League 2017-18. The task-force comprises of the Chairman of the League Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the League Committee, a member from FSDL and the AIFF General Secretary and the CEO, I-League, as ex officio members.

The Committee asked the AIFF General Secretary to discuss with Asian Football Confederation as to how they would like to operationalise the future road map for Club Football in India and empowered him to form the task force for the purpose, if required.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed by FSDL that the I-League would be broadcasted on Star Sports platform with much improved production quality. The Committee also stated that the scheduling of the ISL and I-League matches needs to be discussed and finalised with Star Sports, FSDL and I-League department.

The Committee also approved the allocation of funds to I-League Clubs as follows:

Travel subsidy: Rs. 50 lakhs per Club
Special subsidy: Rs. 20 lakhs per club

Central Marketing expenditure of Rs. 1 crore by AIFF, subject to the Clubs submitting their local marketing plan to the Federation before AIFF placing the Central Marketing expenditure to the AIFF Finance Committee. Relating to diverse views on number of foreign players to be playing in the League, the Committee decided the matter should be referred to the AIFF Executive Committee for a final decision as it falls under the purview of the AIFF Executive Committee.

The Committee also decided that the format and timing of the proposed Super Cup/Champions Cup be finalised after reviewing the calendar of the SAFF Championships to be held in Bangladesh in 2018, and further discussions with FSDL.


u20 wold cup
04.07.2017: AIFF Release : All India Football Federation today (July 4, 2017) submitted an expression of interest to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in India in 2019. Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation stated that this would be the next “logical step for the development of Football in India.”

“With India hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 this year in October, we feel hosting the U-20 World Cup would be the best way to sustain the footballing momentum in India. Even though the event was held earlier this year in Asia in Korea Republic, we would be happy to discuss with FIFA about the possibility of hosting the event in India in 2019,” he said.

The format of the U-20 World Cup is same as the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 24 teams playing out of six venues. Meanwhile, the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will be held in India from October 6-28, 2017.


minerva players in u23 india

03.07.2017: MPFC Release : After the recent selection of 7 Minerva Punjab FC players in the India U-23 squad for the upcoming AFC Championship 2018 qualifiers to be held in July 2017, two more Minerva Punjab FC players namely Anirudh Thapa and Davinder Singh have now been called to join the squad in New Delhi prior to departure for exposure tour to Singapore in preparation for the tournament.

Kamalpreet Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Manvir Singh, Sukhdev Patil, Vinit Rai and Girik Khosla had been called earlier in May for the final squad training camp at New Delhi. Now Anirudh Thapa, who turned heads in his I-League debut with Minerva Punjab FC (on loan from Chennaiyan FC) and Davinder Singh- product of Dalbir Football Academy who has been part of Minerva's 2nd Division League Team since 2016 season, have been summoned to the camp.

This takes the total number Minervans in the squad to 9. Minerva has already contributed 10 players to the India U-17 World Cup Squad earlier this year and now with significant contributions to the U-23 India Squad, Minerva's scouting and Youth Development Programs are greatly benefiting the national teams.