TFA TRIALS 2017 23.11.2017 : TFA PRESS RELEASE : Tata Football Academy (TFA) will begin the selection trials for inducting players into the Tata Football Academy. The trials will commence from November 24, 2017 in Ranchi, Jharkhand and over the next 3 months will be held across the country.

They will conclude in Kerala on March 3, 2018. The shortlisted participating players will be called to TFA, Jamshedpur for the final selection which will be held in April/May 2018. The trial procedure is highly competitive and attracts some of the best talents from across the country. Aspirants will be tested on their performance in match situations, technical skills, tactical awareness and physical ability.

Speaking on the announcement of the trials, Mr Mukul Choudhari, Chief, Sports Excellence Centres, Tata Steel said, “This initiative gives us an opportunity to provide an ideal ambience for promising footballers to develop their potential to the fullest. TFA not only provides intensive training but also all-round development opportunities with facilities for formal education and vocational training. We will continue to train budding footballers and encourage them to reach greater heights in professional football.”

Placed below is the schedule for the trials: TFA TRIALS 2017

The eligibility criteria are:

• Born between 1.1.2002 and 31.12.2003
• Minimum height should be 5ft 6in
• Minimum weight should be 55 kgs

The participating players will need to carry the following during the time of trials:

• Birth Certificate issued by the Panchayat, Registrar of Births & Deaths, Municipal Corporation or any other Government equivalent authority (Original and a copy). The date of Registration of Birth mentioned in the certificate should be within one year of the actual date of birth of player.
• Copy of Aadhar Card
• Letter from the School Principal certifying the age and class in which you are studying as per the school records (Original and a copy)
• 2 nos. Passport size photograph
• Full personal playing kit


Former AIFF President Mr. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away Former AIFF President Mr. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away

20.11.2017 : AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation condoles the death of former AIFF President Mr. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier today (November 20, 2017) in New Delhi. Mr. Dasmunshi, who is survived by his wife and their only son was under medical observation since 2008. He was 72.

Mr. Dasmunsi was first elected as the AIFF President in December 1988 when he succeeded Mr. Khalifa Ziauddin to the post. As a mark of respect, the AIFF Flag flies at half-mast at the AIFF Headquarters -- the Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi and a minute’s silence will be observed prior to the kick-off of all AIFF matches.

Mr. Dasmunsi, fondly referred to as Priyo-da played a stellar role in laying the foundation for the growth of Football in the country. It was under his leadership that Vision India Projects were launched along with the National Football League, and later the I-League along with the AIFF Elite Academy in Goa.

It was also under his tenure that India won the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 in Delhi to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup Doha 2011 for the first time since 1984; and also the 2007 Nehru Cup. Mr. Praful Patel, AIFF President mentioned it as "a massive loss for Indian Football.”

In his message, Mr. Patel said: “It is very sad to hear that Mr. Dasmunshi is no more. His contribution to Indian Football can never be forgotten. The thoughts and prayers of the Indian football community are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

“He was a visionary and had laid the path for the development of Indian Football over the years. May his soul rest in peace,” he added. AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das in his message said: “He has been an inspiration to all. He was a workaholic and we will always remember him for his passion for Football. I share the grief.”

“On behalf of AIFF we extend our heartfelt condolences to all members of the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.” Mr. Dasmunsi also served as a member of the AFC Executive Committee, the AFC Technical Committee, and was also the Chairman of AFC Legal Committee. He was a member of the FIFA Court of Arbitration and acted as the Vice-President of the Indian Olympic Association.

Besides, he was also actively involved as a FIFA Technical Study Group Member in 1995 Women’s Women Cup (Sweden) and a Match Commissioner in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup (USA). The former AIFF President was the first Indian to attain the privilege of being the special Duty officer at the 1998 France World Cup and the 2002 Korea Japan World Cup. He was also the Chef`de Mission of the India Olympics Contingent in 2004 in Athens and Match Commissioner for two World Cup Matches in 2006 Germany World Cup.

In addition, Mr. Das Munsi was also the Venue in charge for FIFA World Cups for three consecutive editions France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.


N. William Koso  becomes the first Naga to get AFC “A” licensed  coach N. William Koso becomes the first Naga to get AFC “A” licensed coach

09.11.2017 : XAV RUTSA PRESS RELEASE : William Koso from Nagaland has become the state’s first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ Licensed Coach.

Koso is currently the assistant coach of Aizwal FC, who this year became the only team from the North East to win the I League. This achievement had also made Koso the “only Naga to win I-Leauge and have coaching experience at the top Indian league level,” a press note from the Nagaland Football Coaches Confederation informed.

Koso’s coaching credentials involve having worked at top teams like Royal Wahingdoh FC. In Nagaland state, he was the head coach for Kohima Komets FC, who are a 2nd division I-league team. He also coached Life Sports Football club during the Naga Premier Leauge (NPL) years.

Besides, he is also the first and only AIFF ‘D’ license instructor from the state. AIFF ‘D’ License is the first coaching badge made mandatory by FIFA for professional coaching, which very recently Baichung Bhutia also completed.

Koso is also the first and only Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal level 1 coach for Nagaland. Currently he also serves as Technical Director of the Nagaland Football Coaches Association



3.11.2017: AWES PRESS RELEASE : For those who were present at Panjim Gymkhana ground on 6th November 1977, the feeling must have been euphoric. Goa’s women slammed three goals past a hapless Bengal to emerge winners on the national football stage for the first time ever. It put Goa on the national map and convinced many of us that a tiny state could produce footballers of repute who could be world beaters.

Forty years after that historic win, the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) a recently formed organisation under the leadership of former Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado will be felicitating the members and officials of that team that made history. For many of the members of that team it would bring back memories, emotions and tears of joy as they reminisce that glorious day when they became household names in Goa.

For Yolanda De Sousa, one of the star players of that tournament ,the occasion will bring back memories of a memorable triumph. “It is really great to know that people still remember our triumph 40 years ago and it will bring back memories and emotions that are hard to forget. It was a great feeling to lift the trophy in front of our home fans especially after we lost in the final the previous year. After our final defeat in 1976 we wanted to prove a point and win the Championship the next year at any cost”, said Yolanda

Juliana Gurjao, the backbone of Goa’s midfield too had similar feelings. “It will be a great reunion for all of us. I have not met some of my team mates for ages. It will be a nice feeling to meet them again on this day. We will miss the presence of our coach Joao Melo and captain Rekha Karapurkar, who are unfortunately not in our midst to celebrate this anniversary. They were both instrumental in helping the team win the Championship. The memories of that win are still fresh in my mind”, said Juliana.

“That triumph will forever remain special to Goa and Goans. It was after all the first time that Goa emerged National champions. We got liberated in 1961 but it was not until our girls defeated Bengal and emerged champions that we got to proudly tell the rest of India that when it comes to football, we are as good, if not better, than everybody else” echoed AWES President Avertano Furtado.

Meanwhile AWES will be organising a felicitation function for the players on 6th November 2017 at the Agassaim Parish Hall at 7 pm. Majority of the players from that team are expected to be present with some of them coming from as far as Bahrain to attend the function. Several officials who were instrumental in the initiation and the success of Women’s football in Goa will also be felicitated on the occasion.