MIZORAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - General Body Meeting and championship celebration .

29.05.2017 : The Mizoram Football Association successfully organised its General Body Meeting of 2017 on 26th May at R Dengthuama Hall, Mualpui. It also held a celebration for its various successes on the pitch this season.

Mr. Lal Thanzara, President of the MFA, said at the meeting, "The success that Mizoram has achieved this season in Football is down to the teamwork and dedication of the Zone, District and state FA."

Mr. Lalnghinglova Hmar, Honorary Secretary of the MFA, gave introductions and brief reports of the success of Mizoram teams at Khelo India Football, National Sub Junior Football, National Junior Football, Mizoram Santosh Trophy and also Aizawl FC's maiden I-League championship.

Reports were given from various district FAs and the General Body Meeting commenced with as much as 10 agendas discussed. A grand celebration of the success of Mizoram this year followed the meeting at 2:00 PM. Footballers past and present, past MFA leaders, leaders of other sport associations, NGO leaders, various Govt. officials and selected media personnel were all present at this celebration. Tata Trusts, a recent partner of Mizoram in grassroots football development were also present wherein Mr Anand Datla, Head of Sports, Tata Trusts gave a visual presentation and celebratory gifts for the players.

Success story of Mizoram Football during 2017
I League - Aizawl FC, Champions.
Khelo India Football - Champions
National Sub Junior Boys - Champions
National Junior Boys - Finalist
Santosh Trophy - Semi Finalist


26.05.2017 : Festive atmosphere descended upon the Sector 17 Football Stadium Chandigarh as more than 300 youngsters of the city reported for the pre competition meet of the Chandigarh Youth League today. Chandigarh Youth League is being organised by Minerva Punjab FC in association with Chandigarh Football Association and Mission XI Million.

Individual players were allocated teams and kits were distributed among the participants. Team allocations were done after assessment by Minerva Coaches on the basis of skill level, height, age etc. Each team will be mentored by a Minerva Punjab FC Coach. After team allocations Minerva Punjab FC Coaches underwent light training and practice session to acquaint the participants with the field and their team mates. Participants were divided into 8 teams for each age group and matches will kick off tomorrow at 8 AM. Each team will play minimum of 6 matches during the league.

Organisers have planned interactive games not only for the participants but also for the parents of the kids to get them involved in the festivities. Chandigarh Youth League which will be an annual affair has been set up to introduce kids to football outside school curriculum and get them interested in the sport with healthy competition and exciting matches amidst festive atmosphere. CYL is the perfect summer football fix for players of all ages. Kunal, a student of Class VIII at St. Anne's School Chandigarh said, "I am very excited about the league, me and my friends have entered our team and are excited to play our first match tomorrow. We all love football but we never played any competition before so we are hoping to win some matches and I hope I can score some goals."

CEO of the Club Mr. Ranjit Bajaj said, "We are delighted with the overwhelming response we have got from the Tricity area and kids and parents alike are excited about the league which is the highlight of their summer vacations. Many kids have come upto me and told me that they are fans of Minerva Punjab FC and have been following the I-league. One kids said his dream is to play for Minerva Punjab FC one day, I am so happy that we have been able to inspire local kids to take up football."


AFC to host multi-stakeholder meeting on future of Indian football..
25.05.2017 : FROM AFC WEBSITE : At the invitation of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Mr Praful Patel, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John visited the Indian capital New Delhi for discussions on the future road map for Indian football.

Mr Patel, Dato’ Windsor and Mr Kushal Das, the AIFF General Secretary, had extensive discussions on the future roadmap for Indian football. This was a follow-up to the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the FIFA Congress held in Bahrain in April.

The discussion focused on the growth and expansion of football in India, involving all stakeholders – the players, the infrastructure, the national league and the commercial partners. Mr Patel suggested a meeting with all stakeholders to be held under the guidance of the AFC to discuss the roadmap for the growth of Indian football. The AFC General Secretary readily accepted the suggestion and proposed the meeting be organised in Kuala Lumpur on June 7, 2017.

The meeting, which will be chaired by the AFC General Secretary, will be attended by the appropriate AFC Directors. Invitations will also be extended to senior representatives from FIFA, as well as senior representatives from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Commenting on the development Mr Praful Patel said: “I want to thank Dato’ Windsor John for dedicating this time for Indian football and readily accepting our proposal to have an all-stakeholders meeting and confirming a date at such a short notice.”


PIFA campers watch Real Madrid win at the Santiago Bernabéu.
25.05.2017 : Premier India Football Academy organised their 37th camp to Europe for Indian children from May 14-22, 2017. This time the venue was the beautiful city of Madrid home to the European Champions Real Madrid.

The PIFA camps are specially organised for Indian children to live their dream through a memorable fun experience while introducing them to European football coaching they also get to experience the foreign culture, language and culinary taste, the campers also learn to be independent and build new long lasting friendships. Utmost emphasis is taken on the well-being and safety of the children from the time they leave India. The tour is accompanied by two well-experienced travellers both the Directors of PIFA, who are parents and football managers/coaches. They have personally taken about 1000 children to Europe, the last camp being to Dortmund, Germany.

This camp had 26 children including 4 girls, from all over India – Mumbai, Pune, Jalgaon, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai & Kolkata. Coaching was conducted daily at the Spanish Federation facilities in Madrid by UEFA Pro License coach Jose Rico Huerta and assisted by Fransico Garcia with the focus on technical skills and tactical movement.

One of the many highlights of the camp was undoubtedly watching Real Madrid FC beat Sevilla SC 4-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu which was also the last home game of the season and Cristiano Ronaldo impressed our campers with 2 goals. Another highlight for our 4 girls was meeting the Spanish U19 women’s team and watching them train for the UEFA Women’s Euro U19 round 2.

Also excursions to the cities Royal Place & Gardens, the Spanish FA Head Office & Museum where they saw the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2008, 2012 Trophies. They also visited the Atletico Madrid Stadium - Vicente Calderón Stadium which hosted the last games of the La Liga before they shift to their new stadium.

Later in the week they also took a tour of the Real Madrid Stadium and museum, they highlight being the 11 UEFA Champions League trophy and the 2 FIFA Club World Cup trophies. A friendly match 9v9 was organised against Club Unión Collado Villalba while our junior campers beat them 6-4 our senior campers lost 2-3. The campers got to meet Juan Carlos Valerón ex-Spanish (46 caps) as well as Mallorca, Atlético Madrid and Deportivo player.


Mumbai represents India in the 4th edition finale of the Football 5 World Cup in Beijing
24.05.2017 : In its 4th edition; the Football 5 World Cup (F5WC) is the world’s largest amateur 5- a-side football tournament. Mumbai emerged victorious in the nationals and will represent India at the world finals in Beijing, China. The core Mumbai team is a combination of two teams; Joga Bonito and Kalina Rangers, who have performed consistently with some of their players being named as ‘Player of the Tournament’.

The team leaves on 25th May 2017 to Beijing, where the finale takes place on 30th May 2017. With 32 teams/countries participating in the finale, groups of eight with four teams in each group will compete in the league stage, and the top team from each group move forward. India in Group E will play their league matches against Jordan, Turkey and Botswana.

In the year 2014, Denmark won the inaugural F5WC world finals in Dubai, where 32 nations competed for the title. The second edition was won by Morocco in Dubai, with 48 nations competing. Colombia claimed the 2016 edition in Bangkok following the 32 - country participating format.

This year the players representing India include; Anthony Machado, Daniel Fernandes, Dion Menezes, Johnson D'Silva, Melvin Barboza, Prithvi Manjaly, Scott D'Souza, Scott Moraes



23.05.2017 : Dempo Sports Club brought down the curtains on their golden jubilee celebrations by honouring their best 50 players of all time and releasing a commemorative book titled Golden Eagles.

Selected by a panel of former players and coaches, the 50-player list had players right from the time the club was established in 1967. Dempo have always had the best players from Goa and rest of India and it made the job of the selection panel all the more difficult.

However, the panel selected the most deserving players, most of whom gathered at the Taleigao Community Centre on Tuesday to collect their award at the hands of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, president of the All India Football Federation, Praful Patel, and club president Shrinivas Dempo.

To commemorate the 50 glorious years of the club, a commemorative book that documents the club’s rich history was also released at the hands of the guests, besides Inacio Fernandes, a top-50 player who was part of the first Dempo squad in 1967.

The book has player perspectives from five players from five different decades – Socorro Coutinho, Nicholas Pereira, Mauricio Afonso, Clifford Miranda and Samir Naik – besides accounts from five other personalities, which includes the group chairman (Shrinivas Dempo), its most successful coach (Armando Colaco), an all-time Indian football great (Shabbir Ali), the current general secretary (Wilfred D’Souza) and football journalist (Marcus Mergulhao).

The 168-page book has an elaborate pictorial section which pays tribute to the patrons, officials, coaches and players who contributed to the success story while also highlighting some of its domestic, national and international triumphs that accrued along the way.

“When I was in Delhi, I learnt that outside Goa, Dempo is only known for football and no other business. I congratulate Dempo for their phenomenal success during the last 50 years,” said Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was the chief guest.

AIFF president Praful Patel also paid a rich tribute to Dempo Sports Club.“The DNA of Goa can be only described in one word –football. And it’s wonderful to be here to celebrate wonderful 50 years journey of one of the most illustrious institutions of Goa –Dempo SC,” said Patel.

Club president and group chairman Shrinivas Dempo was pleased with the progress his club has made since inception in 1967 and is now looking forward to a new project. “We are starting an academy. We have already chosen 24 boys. We are going to pay fully-funded tuition fee including their school and stay arrangements,” said Dempo.


Himachal Pradesh Football Association launched the Online Registration System for Football Players
24.05.2017: HPFA RELEASE : Himachal Pradesh Football Association launched the Online Registration System for Football Players through its web portal www.thehpfa.com It is mandatory for all football players to get registered with HPFA, the Governing Body of Football in Himachal Pradesh.

Only football players registered with HPFA will be eligible and be allowed to participate in official and recognized association football matches. Football players who are not registered with Himachal Pradesh Football Association will not be eligible to take part in any recognized District, State or National Level Competition.

The General Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Football Association, Mr Deepak Sharma said that all players registered with HPFA will also be registered with All India Football Federation (AIFF). The online registration system is a facility for professional players and youth who play football.

Any player who plays football as an amateur can also get registered. Mr Deepak Sharma further shared that this initiative will support HPFA's smooth functioning and will provide updated data of the players alongwith the information on how many players are interested to play football. This registration system will help players to get registered from any location using their mobile or computer.

A player just has to go to the Player Registration Link on official web portal of HPFA www.thehpfa.com and can initiate the simple registration process.



22.05.2017: Dempo Sports Club will bring curtains on their Golden Jubilee celebrations with the felicitation of the club’s best 50 players of all time and release of a commemorative book that documents the club’s rich history.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel will release the book at the Taleigao Community Centre on Tuesday, May 23, at 6.30pm.

Dempo’s best 50 players of all time, many of them legends of the game in Goa, will each be felicitated for their exceptional contribution. The players were selected by a panel of experts which included the club’s former players and coaches.

Since inception in 1967, Dempo Sports Club have won a plethora of honours which includes a record haul of five National Football League and I-League titles. Dempo were also the first Indian club to qualify for the semi-finals of the AFC Cup and take part in the AFC Champions League play-offs.

“For us at the Dempo group, football is everything and it is this all-consuming love of the beautiful game that has propelled us to keep the club going for the past 50 years,” said group chairman and club president Shrinivas Dempo.


19.05.2017: FIFA Nominate Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo as Goa Venue Director for the L.O.C of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.


AIFF SR. VP MR. SUBRATA DUTTA ATTEND ONE OF THE DELEGATES FROM INDIA - Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President of All India Football Federation, will participate at the World Football Forum in Changsha. Mr. Dutta will provide insight into the current situation and perspectives of football in India. He is heavily involved in FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 - hosted later this year by India. Subrata Dutta is also a member Audit and Finance Committee of AFC. On 19th May he will deliver speech in the conference and another delegate Mr. Sunanda Dhar - CEO of AIFF also deliver his speech in the Conference "SUBJECT - New Geography spotlight – India".
18.05.2017 : The World Football Forum, a high profile international conference focusing on the multi-billion dollar business of football, opened in Changsha International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, with speeches by Zhang Jian, First Vice President & General Secretary of Chinese Football Association, Xiang Lili, Executive Vice Governor of Hunan Province, Li Shun, Director of Hunan Sports Bureau and Li Ping, Director, Changsha Sports Bureau. OVER 2000 PARTICIPANTS FROM 43 COUNTRIES ALONG WITH 1100 MEDIA MEN ATTENDED THIS 5TH EDITION OF CONFERENCE
NEWS COURTESY : worldfootballforum.org

The event in 2017 is the first ever edition to take place outside of Europe, and brings the global football industry to the heart of football’s ‘new geography’ - to one of the sport’s most exciting and fast-growing new markets – China.

Leading international business experts attended a numerous number of plenary sessions on a wide range of topics. Dr. Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Founder of Association of European Professional Football Leagues presented his view on the future of world football. Mike Wragg, Head of Research of Nielsen Sports spoke about China as the epicentre of the new geography of football. Dr. Tony Xia, Owner & Chairman of Aston Villa FC discussed three dimensions in the new geography of the football: culture, capital and technologies.

The day also included a panel discussion on the topic of grassroots development and educating China’s kids which was attended by David Lopez, Managing Director of Asia, Soxna/ Evergrande Academy Guangzhou and Mehrdad Sadraei, Leader of Junior Football Leagues at Mission Hills. Forum Director Edward Cowell moderated the session.

Another session was dedicated to the new rules of engagement: connecting with a new generation of fans. Social media has allowed football clubs and players to reach their fanbase more directly than ever before, but effective fan engagement is dependent on staying ahead of social media trends. Speakers were Suzanne Case, Head of Digital of Asian Football Confederation and Romuald Nguyen, Managing Director China of Federation Francaise de Football.

Experts also discussed coaching programmes, academies, football schools – a huge growth industry in China and made a close up look at esport as the world’s biggest new spectator sport.

The business day ended with a no-holds-barred one on one conversation between Aston Villa owner Tony Xia and iSportconnect Chairman Michael Cunnah in the latest of our series of WFF editions of the exclusive iSportconnect Directors' Club -gathering sports executives together for insights from key decision makers.

The first day closed with the WFF Gala Reception and Dinner at 5-star Wanda Vista Changsha. Edward Cowell, WFF Director, said: “ The results of the Forum’s first day confirmed the demand for international dialogue - and especially with China. Participants appreciated the attendance of high-profile speakers and the Forum’s framework was conducive to the kind of informal but high level networking which really works"