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OFC and WIFA extend MOU for Just Play in Maharashtra region

OFC and WIFA extend MOU for Just Play in Maharashtra region

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and the Western India Football Association (WIFA) have extended the Memorandum of Understanding which will ensure a further nine months of OFC Just Play activities in the Maharashtra region.

The OFC Just Play Programme was first introduced in India in July of 2016 with a pilot project which in 2017 was expanded into the districts of Mumbai and Kolhapur in the State of Maharashtra.

In 2019 the Just Play Emergency Programme was rolled out in Kolhapur in November following heavy flooding in the district. Building on knowledge of Just Play’s emergency experience in the Pacific, the Social Responsibility Programme Manager from the Fiji Football Association travelled to India to support the training and evaluation of the emergency programme in Kolhapur.  This proved integral to raising awareness of positive WASH behaviours and practices and showed the significant potential for further expansion of the programme in this district.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said extending the Memorandum of Understanding with WIFA shows OFC’s continued commitment to the global development of football.

“We have seen how the OFC Just Play Programme can support football development in countries like Samoa and Tonga, and we are delighted we can support similar development success in India,” Castillo said.

“I wish the OFC Just Play team in India the best of luck as they meet the challenges of the changing world head on over the next nine months.”

Mr Souter Vaz, Hon. Secretary, Western India Football Association is excited about the extension of the MOU.

“We have had a tremendous amount of success and seen positive changes through the Just Play programme, especially during the floods in Kolhapur.  And these changes have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as we continue to engage with children online during this difficult time.

“We are looking forward to working with OFC to further grow and develop the programme in India.”

As well as continuing to deliver the programme in India, within the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, the India branch of Just Play will be working on several other key projects during this period.

Already the team have been working hard to keep children engaged and physically active during lockdown. Among the creative tools proving successful is the use of social media and videos encouraging participation and engagement.

The development of a customised mobile application and web portal for collecting monitoring and evaluation data is one of the priority tasks of the next 12 months. Undergoing scoping for expansion into other parts of India.

The expansion of the OFC Just Play Programme into India has been made possible through the support of the UEFA Foundation for Children.

OFC and WIFA have worked in partnership to support the design and development of the Just Play programme for India. The programme has been designed and adapted to suit the India context, applying lessons learnt from the Pacific programme.

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Dr BC Roy Trophy 2019-20: Maharashtra emerge champions beating Tamil Nadu in Final

Dr BC Roy Trophy 2019-20: Maharashtra emerge champions beating Tamil Nadu in Final

Maharashtra triumphed all odds to clinch the coveted Dr BC Roy Trophy (Tier II) beating Tamil Nadu in Finals. 

A historic day for football in Maharashtra witnessed the U-18 team clinch the Dr BC Roy Trophy (Tier II) beating the formidable Arunachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the Semi Finals and Finals respectively.

The Dr BC Roy Trophy, happening at the high peaks of Himachal Pradesh, hosted 19 teams. Divided into 4 groups, Maharashtra was placed in Group-B alongside Chandigarh, Bihar, and Pondicherry.

Team Maharashtra played their first match against Pondicherry on 11th of December. With a clear intent of bagging a win, Maharashtra started well. During the initial half, Pondicherry committed numerous fouls to stop the opposition attack. In fact, Maharashtra came very close to scoring. As many as three of their attempts were deflected off the woodwork. The match concluded with a goalless draw which accounted a point each for both teams. Commenting about the draw, Maharashtra’s coach Mr Abha Kadam quipped, “I think Pondicherry fielded with an intent to take a point. Our boys played their hearts out, and we were clearly the better team. I term this result as a unlucky draw and I’m hopeful we’ll bounce back harder in the upcoming game”

Mr Abha Kadam’s comments were no pretence. The second game of the campaign was scheduled against Bihar. With a huge margin, Maharashtra outplayed them. The U-18 boys thumped 5 goals past Bihar which gave a major boost to their qualification hopes to the knockouts. Maharashtra’s Zeeyan Naverakar, a sturdy forward, who now has scripted his name for the National Camp selections, scored 4 goals. Raul Almeida opened the scoring for Maharashtra early in the 2nd minute. Maintaining the solitary goal lead, Zeeyan found his first goal of the tournament at the 44th minute. Maharastra were up by 2 goals at half time.

In the second half, Zeeyan’s heroics abled Maharashtra to clinch a commendable win. Launching rampant attacks in the opposition’s defensive half, Bihar’s back-line succumbed to keep them on check. Zeeyan scored his second goal at the 56th minute. Following his second goal, he completed his hat-trick at the 84th minute and put the final nail in the coffin when the match was 84 minutes old. “This is what our team is capable of doing. I’m glad that the boys kept their calm and went on to focus on their capabilities. I think the entire team was phenomenal and everyone mattered in getting us the first three points of the tournament” explained Mr Kadam, who spoke effervescently after the first win.

Maharashtra continued their winning streak. The team qualified to the semi-finals beating Chandigarh in an exciting 2-1 victory. The third game for Maharashtra came off a bit sloppy yet exuberant, as the boys came from behind to book a ticket to the Semi Finals. Chandigarh broke the deadlock at the 37th minute. Their only goal was the difference between both sides as they headed to the tunnel after the initial 45 minutes. However, in the second half, Sujal and Zeeyan turned the tide. Maharashtra’s star striker Zeeyan, equalised at the 55th minute. Following him, captain Sujal led his team to victory by scoring the second goal at the 59th minute. Maharashtra’s capable midfielders and robust defenders maintained the lead and the final whistle from the referee opened the doors for their semi final conquest. “This is a historic moment for football in Maharashtra” claimed the Head Coach after his team entered the semi finals of the Dr BC Roy Trophy.

For the first time in many years, team Maharashtra qualified to the Semis of the Dr BC Roy Trophy (Tier II). An uphill task awaited as the opponents were the lethal Arunachal Pradesh. The high intensity match kicked off in Mandi where the Western Brigade locked horns against a commendable North Eastern State. With the initial exchanges, Maharashtra’s focus was to score the first goal. Zeeyan Hanif Nevrekar, the scoring machine, did the unthinkable. Zeeyan gave Maharashtra the lead at the 36th minute of the game. His goal edged Maharashtra ahead in the first half. During the second half, Ravi, Suraj, and Satish were challenged quite a few times, but their strapping stature in defence successfully kept the opponents at bay. To everyone’s astonishment, at the 82nd minute,  Zeeyan, the top scorer of Maharashtra, whipped the Arunachal defence yet again to assure a slot for them in the grand finale. Arunchal did have an immediate reply, but their only goal at the dying minutes didn’t bear the fruits.

Maharashtra faced the mighty Tamil Nadu in Finals today. The match kicked off at 14:15 IST in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. With a enriching experience of many praiseworthy outings, the boys were charged up since the commencement of the game today. It was an end to end affair in the first half. Having created many chances, both the teams failed to find the goal. The first half ended in a goalless affair. In the second half, Maharashtra’s Aditya Shah broke the deadlock at the 59th minute. His only goal was the decider between both the sides. “We dedicate this win to the people of Maharashtra. Beating the likes of Arunachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu showcases the potential Maharashtra has. Our players played their hearts out and we are very satisfied with the result.” said the Head Coach of the Maharashtra U-18 team, who guided the team to victory.

With this win, Maharashtra has qualified to the Tier I of the Dr BC Roy Trophy, where they will face the powerhouses of football in India.

 


GROUP STAGE:

Pondicherry 0-0 Maharashtra 

Bihar 0-5 Maharashtra (Raul Almeida 2′ Zeeyan Hanif Nevrekar 44′ 56′ 81′ 84′)

Chandigarh (Divij Singh 37′) 1-2 Maharashtra (Zeeyan Hanif Nevrekar 55′ Sujal Jeetendra Ghanekar 59′)

SEMI FINAL: 

Arunachal Pradesh (Sahil Chettri 90+5′)  1-2 Maharashtra (Zeeyan Hanif Nevrekar 36′ 82′)

FINAL: 

Tamil Nadu 0-1 Maharashtra (Aditya Shah 59′)

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WIFA Women’s Football League: PIFA Sports win, South Mumbai conclude on equal terms

WIFA Women’s Football League: PIFA Sports win, South Mumbai conclude on equal terms

17th November, Cooperage Stadium: In WIFA Women’s Football League, PIFA Sports FC edged past Samuel Football Academy and South Mumbai United ended on equal terms against Pacangan Football Club.

The first match of the day started at 10:00 AM. PIFA Sports FC got the better of Samuel Football Academy as they clinched a marginal victory. Aishwarya Jagtap scored an early goal at 15 minutes to give PIFA the lead. Her only goal was the difference until the first half ended. In the second half, PIFA maintained the pressure and Samuel FA succumbed to equalize. The match ended seeing PIFA Sports FC having the last laugh clinching their consecutive win. PIFA is placed at the 2nd position with 6 points from 2 games breathing heavily upon Samuel FA who have the same tally after 3 games in Group A.

The second match commenced at 4:00 PM. Both South Mumbai United and Pacangan Football Club kicked-off with a slow start. They failed to capitalize on the chances created and eventually ended on equal terms after the initial 45 minutes. In the second half, nothing changed. Chances were missed and the deadlock remained unbroken. The final blow of the whistle from the referee concluded the match on a goalless note. South Mumbai United are placed at the 3rd position with 5 points whereas Pacangan FC has 2 points after 3 games, which places them at the 5th position in Group B.

 

FULL TIME SCORES: 

Samuel Football Academy 0-1 PIFA Sports FC (Aishwarya Jagtap)

South Mumbai United 0-0 Pacangan Football Club

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AIFF ‘D’ License Results (22nd-27th October 2019)

AIFF ‘D’ License Results (22nd-27th October 2019)

The AIFF ‘D’ License results of the 22nd to 27th October 2019 batch is out now. The results are listed as follows:

Note: The participants whose names do not feature in the list have been unsuccessful in clearing the course. Propass candidates need to re-write their theory exam in the upcoming batch.

 

Sr. No. Name of Participants State District Contact No. Result
1 MANISH RADHAKRISHNAN KERALA KANNUR 9947278000 PASS
2 PALAPARAMBIL ATUL PRADEEP MAHARASHTRA THANE 9820751503 PASS
3 SYLVESTER CAESAR RODRIGUES MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9820904084 PASS
4 LESLIE FRANCIS RODRIGUES MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9930852365 PASS
5 SHUBHAM ARJUN RAJANE MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 7738845555 PASS
6 TRISHALA VINAYAK PATIL MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9987904483 PASS
7 MOHD. HAMZA HAFIZ KHAN MAHARASHTRA THANE 8698219134 PASS
8 VIGNESHWAR H KARNATAKA BANGALORE 9663131896 PASS
9 MADAN HARSH RAVI MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9769535272 PASS
10 ANDREW KYLE SILVA MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9833220458 PASS
11 JERVIS ROBERT FERNANDES MAHARASHTRA VASAI 7506032294 PASS
12 MOHAMMED SUFIYAN SIRAJUDDIN KHAN MAHARASHTRA THANE 9987031234 PASS
13 ANDON LIVIO D’SOUZA MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 8652505061 PASS
14 AKSHAY SUDHIR PARDESI MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9768334468 PASS
15 RAHUL RAJU NAIDU MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9619543237 PASS
16 NAMITA PRASHANT JOSHI MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9920633022 PASS
17 MANILAL DALYA GAVLI GUJARAT SILVASSA 9723039161 PRO-PASS
18 ELDIN BOOTHELLO MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9167442057 PRO-PASS
19 MARIO FERNANDES MAHARASHTRA THANE 7264828492 PRO-PASS
20 KHAN ARBAJ SATTAR MAHARASHTRA JALGAON 9766336201 PRO-PASS
21 JOHN BAPTIST QUADROS MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI 9820250424 PRO-PASS


We extend our hearty greetings to all the coaches for their future endeavors! 

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AIFF ‘D’ License Results (26th-31st July 2019)

AIFF ‘D’ License Results (26th-31st July 2019)

The AIFF ‘D’ License results of the 26th to 31st July 2019 batch is out now. The results are listed as follows:

Note: The participants whose names do not feature in the list have been unsuccessful in clearing the course. Propass candidates need to re-write their theory exam in the upcoming batch.

 

SR NO. NAME State District Mobile No. RESULT
1 USMAN RAVISH DHURU Maharashtra Mumbai 8600909645 PASS
2 ROLFRED COUTINHO Maharashtra Mumbai 9920820306 PASS
3 ARBAZ ABRAR KHAN Maharashtra Mumbai 9769070441 PASS
4 SHAUNAK PRAVIN GHORPADE Maharashtra Mumbai 8655581379 PASS
5 JAGJEET SINGH UBEROI Maharashtra Pune 7057255512 PASS
6 RUSHIKESH SHESHRAO THOTE Maharashtra Mumbai 7030070669 PASS
7 HABIB MOHAMMED MEHSAN Maharashtra Aurangabad 8888525709 PASS
8 RAUNAK DESAI Maharashtra Mumbai 7977919092 PASS
9 GEORGE TOMY Kerala 7356113603 PASS
10 CLIVE NOLAN MASCARENHAS Karnataka 9880464670 PASS
11 RACHANA RANGRAO PATIL Maharashtra Kolhapur 9423233885 PASS
12 PRANAY SHIVRAJ DESHMUKH Maharashtra Nagpur 8149669844 PASS
13 PATIL PRASHANT KUMAR BHIKAJI Maharashtra Pune 8793451669 PASS
14 MOHNISH NIKIT NIKAM Maharashtra Mumbai 9892905167 PASS
15 PRANAY BABAN LAMGHARE Maharashtra Nagpur 8055826436/ 9145545009 PASS
16 GANESH RAKESH SHAHU Maharashtra Nagpur 8412051047 PASS
17 SURESH ANUJ Hyderabad 9052800849 PASS
18 LAWRENCE IGNATIUS BASIL Maharashtra Mumbai 9768628631 PASS
19 MELCHIOR JOSEPH FERNANDES Maharashtra Mumbai 9920444749 PASS
20 ABDUL AADIL K Kerala 7012690156 PASS
21 SAYYED SHAHED SAYYAD NAYEEM Maharashtra Hingoli 8830005657 PRO-PASS
22 D’SILVA HASTEN MARTIN Maharashtra Mumbai 9819218964 PRO-PASS
23 FIROSE P.A. Kerala Thrissur 9746141084 PRO-PASS
24 SHAIJU T Maharashtra Mumbai 9867478905 PRO-PASS

 

We extend our hearty greetings to all the coaches for their future endeavors! 

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AIFF ‘D’ License Results (5th-10th November 2019)

AIFF ‘D’ License Results (5th-10th November 2019)

The AIFF ‘D’ License results of the 5th to 10th November 2019 batch is out now. The results are listed as follows:

Note: The participants whose names do not feature in the list have been unsuccessful in clearing the course. Propass candidates need to re-write their theory exam in the upcoming batch.

 

 

SR NO. NAME Results
1 CARLTON FERNANDES PASS
2 MAHENDER SINGH GAUR PASS
3 ADITYA SHETTY PASS
4 SURAJ KANHERE PASS
5 ROMARIO NAZARETH PASS
6 VIJAYAN ARLAND PASS
7 AISHWARYA BALAPURE PASS
8 AKSHAY DAGADE PASS
9 RAHUL KADLAG PASS
10 MAYUR JADHAV PASS
11 RAMESH GOPAL PASS
12 DHIRAJ MISHRA PASS
13 PALLAVI SAINDANE PASS
14 AKSHAY NAIDU PASS
15 ASHWINI MITKARI PASS
16 MAYA MANE PASS
17 SUBHASH KANOJIYA PRO-PASS
18 SHIVPRASAD SHETTY PRO-PASS
19 TIMOTHY KAMEI PRO-PASS
20 ROHAN BAGSING PRO-PASS
PRO-PASS Candidate EXAM
1 SATISH MOHAN DHORE PASS
2 FAROOQ BASHIR SHAIKH PASS
3 RONALD DASS PASS
4 AKSHAY SANJAY BHALERAO PRO-PASS

We extend our hearty greetings to all the coaches for their future endeavors! 

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WIFA Women’s Football League: Riva FC ease past Deccan XI

WIFA Women’s Football League: Riva FC ease past Deccan XI

WIFA Women’s Football League hosted Riva FC against Deccan XI in today’s encounter held at the Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai.

 

Niharika Patil opened the scoreline for Riva FC at the 8th minute. She placed a powerful shot on the top-right corner of the net from inside the six-yard box. Deccan XI tried to bounce back from the deficit but  Niharika’s only goal was the difference between both the sides till the first half concluded.

 

In the second half, Pooja Kapate increased the lead for Riva FC at the 57th minute. To complement the lead, Loitongbam Devi, who came on as a sub at the 44 minute replacing Niharika, scored a brace. Devi whipped the goalkeeper twice at the 67th and 85th minute to ease past Deccan XI FC.

 

In tomorrow’s fixtures, Samuel FA play against PIFA Colaba FC and South Mumbai United FC face Pacangan FC.

 

FULL-TIME:

 

Deccan XI 0-4 Riva FC (Niharika Patil 8′ Pooja Kapate 57′ Loitongbam Amita Devi 67′ 85′) 

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WIFA Women’s Football League: Deccan XI, Football School of India clinch important wins

WIFA Women’s Football League: Deccan XI, Football School of India clinch important wins
In WIFA Women’s Football League, Deccan XI vanquished UKM Kothrud FC yesterday. On the other hand, Football School of India played out an exciting win against Bodyline SC today.
 
On 14th November, in the opening encounter, where Deccan XI got the better of UKM Kothrud FC, Ritu Francis of Deccan XI opened the scoreline at the 28th minute. UKM Kothrud at once gave a reply as Vaishnavi Joshi netted for them at the 32nd minute. It was all square and the scoreline read 1-1 till the referee concluded the first half. The second half commenced and Deccan XI scored two goals. Kalyani Desali, a responsible captain of Deccan XI whipped the opposition keeper twice at 48th and 79th minute to take home all three points.
 
In today’s WIFA Women’s Football League fixture, Football School of India clinched an important victory. They locked horns against a robust Bodyline SC. Sonali Chemate of Football School of India scored the opening goal at the 11th minute which remained as the only goal of the first half. In the second half, she went on to complete her brace at the 61st minute giving FSI a cherishable two-goal lead. However, Bodyline SC scored an encouraging goal through Karen Pais at the 65th minute to make a comeback, but they eventually succumbed to score an equalizer till the last whistle of the game was blown.

 

FULL-TIME SCORES: 

UKM Kothrud FC (Vaishnavi Joshi 32′) 1-3 Deccan XI (Ritu Francis 28′ Kalyani Desali 48′ 79′) 

Bodyline SC (Karen Pais 65′) 1-2 Football School of India (Sonali Chemate 11′ 61′) 

 

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WIFA Women’s Football League: Football School of India bag a satisfactory win

WIFA Women’s Football League: Football School of India bag a satisfactory win

On 13th November, Football School of India played against Community Football Club India where the former cruised to a satisfactory victory.

As the match commenced, Jyoti Rajendra Mehra of Football School of India found the net giving her team an early lead.

Community Football Club India equalised at the 18th minute as Captain Delfiya scored for the team. However FSI continued to maintain their momentum and went on to increase the scoreline late in the first half. Pranali Shetty found the netting at the 44th minute to give her team a comfortable lead. The first half ended seeing Football School of India leading with the two goals.

 

As the second half commenced, Community Football Club India tried to get back into the game. However, they failed to get a breakthrough. As the final whistle was blown, Football School of India had the last laugh as they clinched a  victory against Community Football Club India.

 

FULL-TIME SCORE: Community Football Club India (Delfiya Pereira 18′) 1-2 Football School of India (Jyoti Mehra 2′ Pranali Shetty 44′) 

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WIFA Women’s Football League: India Rush Soccer Club and FC Kolhapur City win

WIFA Women’s Football League: India Rush Soccer Club and FC Kolhapur City win

In today’s fixture of the WIFA Women’s Football League, the iconic Cooperage Stadium hosted two exciting matches where India Rush Soccer Club faced Future Star FC and Kenkre FC played FC Kolhapur City.

The opening encounter of the day saw India Rush Soccer Club get a remarkable win against Future Star FC. As the match kicked-off, team Future Star FC immediately found the net. The no. 7, Vidisha Sawant, opened the scoreline early at the 3rd minute of the match. India Rush immediately replied through Archana’s strike as she levelled terms within a few minutes. Archana’s effort found the net at the 6th minute of the game. Further, Christina Michael scored at the 24th minute to give India Rush the lead. As the fierce first half was nearing its conclusion, Riya D’Souza comforted India Rush with a goal in the additional minutes. India Rush headed to the tunnel with a comfortable 3-1 lead.

As the second half commenced, till the 80th minute, both the teams failed to go past the keeper. However, the last 10 minutes were a goal-scoring bonanza. Velanie Fernandes added on to the scoresheet for India Rush at the 81st minute. Harshika Viskarma of Future Star scored a consolation goal at the 82nd minute and Christina Michael completed her brace and ensured three points for India Rush when the match was 86 minutes old. Team India Rush SC had the last laugh as the scoreline read 5-2 after the final whistle.

In the second game of the day, Kenkre FC locked horns against FC Kolhapur City. What was an exciting outing for both the teams, turned out to be in favour of FC Kolhapur City at the end of the day.

During the initial half, both the teams pumped in failed attacks to find the netting. The second half commenced and the match intensified to unlock the next level. Both the teams played end to end football which was pleasing to watch. Although during the dying moments, at the 88th minute, FC Kolhapur City’s Adika Bhosale broke the deadlock to seal the win for her team. FC Kolhapur City left the pitch with all three points leaving Kenkre FC gutted through a solitary goal scored by their Number 10.

 

FULL-TIME SCORELINES:

Future Star FC (Vidisha Sawant 3′ Harshikha Viskarma 82′) 2-5 India Rush SC (Archana Bhaladhare 6′ Christina Michael 24′ 86′ Riya D’Souza 45+3′ Velanie Fernandes 81′) 

 

Kenkre FC 0-1 FC Kolhapur City (Adika Bhosale 88′)

 

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