Monthly Archives July 2017

United Poona vs Rahul FC – Photo Gallery

United Poona vs Rahul FC – Photo Gallery

Aishwarya Balapure was in the best scoring form and notched up a fine hat-trick to power United Poona SA, Pune to an emphatic 4-0 win against Rahul Football Club, Nagpur in a Group-A league match of the WIFA Women’s Football Championship, which is being conducted as part of the FIFA-AIFF State Development Project, at the Cooperage ground, on Sunday.

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Bodyline FC vs Podar – Photo Gallery

Bodyline FC vs Podar – Photo Gallery

Bodyline FC 7 (Reha Rodrigues 2, Reetika Sahani 2, Aditi Shetty 1, Ash D’Silva 1, Karen Pais 1) beat Poddar International, Kolhapur 0.

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48 students graduate as Football Managers from WIFA-Skillination Diploma Course

48 students graduate as Football Managers from WIFA-Skillination Diploma Course

Mumbai, July 12: A total of 48 students graduated as Football Managers having passed out with flying colours from the inaugural batch of India’s first-ever Diploma in Football Management course, conducted by WIFA Skillanation. This Diploma course is recognised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The Gold Medallists of the Program are Naivedya Paramartha and Bhavya Jain followed by Himanshu Sharma and Donato Pavrey with the Silver Medal. The Bronze medal was earned by Trevor Fernandes, Anand Sivadas, Aayushman Narayan, Surya Prakash and Lyndon D’Penha.

“This Program by WIFA Skillanation fills the need of the hour. We need to train Football Managers to build the eco-system of football in the country and these young boys and girls are skilled to do exactly that!” said Kushal Das, General Secretary of All India Football Federation.

WIFA CEO, Henry Menezes said, “we are seeing a rapid increase in the commercialisation of Football in the country and multiple revenue streams are driving this growth. In this scenario, it is essential to have highly trained sport-specific Football Managers lead this growth and steer the business with sharp acumen and robust skill sets. These Football Managers are the first wave of professionals to fill this vacuum and grow the Football eco-system in our country in a sustainable manner.”

“As the governing body of Football for Maharashtra it is imperative that we cover all development avenues and this football management program is much needed for the fast emerging opportunities and we have launched it at the right time,” said Souter Vaz, Honorary Secretary of WIFA.

The students who passed out benefitted immensely as they received comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge. Over the past 12 months the students have garnered immense exposure and helmed international responsibility by being associated with the organising of the India vs Puerto Rico international friendly match and the India vs Nepal international friendly.

They also visited the AIFF HQ to learn first-hand from key personalities such as Javier Ceppi, the Tournament Director of the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017. They have also planned and conducted the WIFA Champions Leagues for Men, Women and Youth along with other marquee events such as Mission XI Launch and the I-League matches played at Cooperage Football Stadium.

“The Post Graduate Diploma in Football Management course has enriched my knowledge in Indian Football. Along with football, I learnt essential skills such as decision making, independent thinking and teamwork which enhanced my abilities to thrive within the industry,” said Naivedya Paramartha, Gold Medallist of the batch.

 

His fellow Gold Medallist, Bhavya Jain added “After working for several initiatives and leagues handled by the state body, the course provided me with great insights in the field of sports and functioning in various parts of the world. I developed a huge understanding for the game.”

 

The students are already hired to work with prestigious organisations such as JSW Sports, Bengaluru FC, Mumbai FC, WIFA, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools and Hudl.

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48 students graduate as Football Managers from WIFA-Skillination Diploma Course

48 students graduate as Football Managers from WIFA-Skillination Diploma Course

A total of 48 students graduated as Football Managers having passed out with flying colours from the inaugural batch of India’s first-ever Diploma in Football Management course, conducted by WIFA Skillanation. This Diploma course is recognised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

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Podar vs Rahul FC – Photo Gallery

Podar vs Rahul FC – Photo Gallery

After suffering a 3-2 defeat at the hands of United Poona SA, Kolhapur’s side Podar International registered a comprehensive 5-0 win against Rahul FC in the Group ‘A’ clash of WIFA (Western India Football Association) Women’s Championship at Cooperage Stadium.

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Bodyline fc vs United Poona – Photo gallery

Bodyline fc vs United Poona – Photo gallery

In the second match of Group A – WIFA (Western India Football Association) Women’s Championship, Bodyline SC produced a magnificent attacking display by thumping United Poona SA 7-0 at Cooperage Stadium to start their campaign on a positive note.

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FIFA LYG – AIFF Grassroots Course conducted at Cooperage

FIFA LYG – AIFF Grassroots Course conducted at Cooperage

Last week, from 6th to 8th July, The Western India Football Association (WIFA) organized the AIFF (All India Football Federation) Grassroots Leaders Course at Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai under the FIFA Live Your Goals Project. The event was instructed by Dinesh Nair and Dennis George, whereas, AIFF Grassroots Instructor Ms. Anju Turambekar observed the whole event.

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United Poona SA vs Podar International – Photo gallery

Riding on Aishwarya Ashutosh’s twin strikes, United Poona SA, Pune managed to record a narrow 3-2 win against Poddar International, Kolhapur in the opening Group-A league match of the WIFA Women’s Football Championship, which is being conducted as part of the FIFA-AIFF State Development Project, at the Cooperage ground, on Friday. Dhanashree Sunil got the other goal for the Pune side, while Yashashree Pramod and Jyoti Shivaji scored a goal each in the second half for the Kolhapur team.

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‘Golden Boot’ winner Karen Pais’ interview

‘Golden Boot’ winner Karen Pais’ interview

Every Tournament has its own story. Same goes for the recently concluded WIFA Women’s Championship which was held in Mumbai. Bodyline SC managed to score 25 goals in just four matches but it’s quite surprising as they bowed out of the Championship in the semi-final at the hands of eventual winners FC Pune City.

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Henry Menezes and Mangesh Desai share their thoughts on Women’s Football

Henry Menezes and Mangesh Desai share their thoughts on Women’s Football

The last couple of years has been quite encouraging for Women’s Football in Maharashtra. With the immense backing from WIFA (Western India Football Association), FIFA and AIFF, numerous states tournament has been held recently.

The recently concluded WIFA Women’s Championship saw teams participating from eight districts which involved some of the best possible Women’s teams, a simple reason why the Tournament gained huge success.

Post the final match between FC Pune City and United Poona SA, WIFA’s CEO Henry Menezes and WIFA’s Technical Officer Mangesh Desai shared their thoughts regarding Women’s Football.

“We brought up Women’s Championship to give more enthusiasm to girls and more importantly, to promote equality among everyone,” Henry Menezes said.

When asked to respond to Women’s Championship success, Henry Menezes responded: “This WIFA initiative which was backed by FIFA and AIFF has been executed successfully.”

“Our main motive was to encourage girls to come out and play. There were upsets and healthy competition in the Championship which made it successful,” he added.

Technical Officer Mangesh Desai: ” Women’s Championship was a part of FIFA -AIFF State tournament. It gave a massive opportunity to girls to come out and play.”

The Technical Officer feels more clubs now would be interested after witness Women’s Championship.

“More clubs now would be encouraged and interested to play in the next edition. This Championship has surely opened the doors for Women’s Football in Maharashtra,” Mangesh added.

When asked how people can choose football as a profession or a career in India, Mangesh said: “This has been the major issue in India, but things are changing now. So many leagues have been organised and played in the recent years. We can also see students doing Sports Management which is a positive sign.”

“Opportunities are coming up now. Mindset must change to see the growth of Indian Football,” Mangesh concluded.

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