Football enthusiasts from Maharashtra can now get closely involved and inter-linked with the sport, thanks to an unique initiative by the Western Indian Football Association (WIFA) and The Football Mind, an exclusive football portal (www.thefootballmind.com).
The Football Mind is a communication portal that will not only connect the entire football community, but will also help individual players, teams, clubs, associations and every person connected with the game to set up their profiles, pages and websites free of cost.
“This (The Football Mind) networking concept will boost the communication for football and bring people from all districts closer. This will help develop and promote the game in Maharashtra,” said Souter Vaz, Hon. Secretary, Western India Football Association, during the launch on Tuesday evening.
With the help of this communication portal, WIFA will now be able to easily communicate as well as monitor all the activities being carried out by the various District Football Associations as well as their associated clubs/ institutions, players and coaches. From news updates to events, people will be more aware of the happenings of local football through this initiative. All the football activities being carried out in the state will now be available to a larger database of fans as well as youngsters who would be interested in taking up the game professionally.
“The World is becoming a smaller place through the internet, we need to use its power effectively to develop networking and communication. We applied this thinking to football and that’s precisely what our concept is about,” Pranesh Krishnamurthy, Co-founder and CEO of the website told media persons.
“Providing an online solution to the on-field issues faced by clubs and players be it scouting, networking or an effective means of communication is what the website looks to achieve. On our website we provide these facilities at absolutely no charges thus, eliminating the cost factor, and making it more viable for clubs across all divisions,” pointed out, Rohit Narayan, Co-founder and COO of the website.
Through this initiative, all Clubs, Academies and Institutions will now have their own webpage to help build their online presence as well as communicate to the fans. This will be provided free of cost making it a viable option even for the clubs at the grassroots level.
Players from the grassroots level will have a platform to showcase their talents to club officials, coaches, scouts as well as fans alike. This will help them build their profile and get better access to the top level clubs. Coaches, scouts, and various other entities can now have better visibility as they can share their knowledge as well as popularize their skills and achievements.
“WIFA has made tremendous progress in the past few years with their Grassroots Programs. Now with this fantastic initiative, WIFA and The Football Mind will make it easy for players to display their skills and get visibility and fans to be more aware about local football,” stated former Indian star Abhishek Yadav, who is a member of the ISL team Mumbai City FC.
“It’s fantastic to have such a portal as it will create more interesting amongst the football followers. There will also be more action between the fans and the players. This initiative would be a good encouragement for youngsters and help spread the game amongst kids. If you have the quantity, you will surely get quality and through this portal it will also help track young talent and good teams,” opined Yadav.
Players, coaches and other individuals will have the flexibility of creating their own football specific profile page with their photographs and videos. Thus, their skills and achievements will be available to all entities across the football fraternity. Fans can also make their profile and follow their favourite clubs and players and be updated about their tournament fixtures, events and more.
Functioning of the website:
All football related entities like governing bodies, football associations, clubs, players, coaches and fans can set up webpages for free on thefootballmind.com. These pages are built specific to the type of entity it will serve, thus giving all users a platform to create their unique football identity. WIFA as well as all its associated District Football Associations will be provided messaging tools to maintain effective communication. Clubs will be able to push their news and events by using simple tools provided on the website.
The Beta version of the website has been officially launched. In the coming few months, additional modules and features will be rolled out that will help make the website more effective and user friendly.
The new initiative had been appreciated by players, managers and officials alike, as the testimonials below indicate.
“I think initiatives like these that use technology to boost sport are needed to take Football in India to the level of popularity that is comparable to top footballing countries. The Football Mind is a great concept.”
– Khalid Jamil, Head Coach, Mumbai FC
“If every football player, coach and team can have an online presence on the Football Mind, the network that can be created and its use for improving football will be potentially huge.”
–Henry Picardo, Manager, Mumbai FC
“WIFA has made tremendous progress in the past few years with their Grassroots Programs. Now with this fantastic initiative, WIFA and The Football Mind will make it easy for players to display their skills and get visibility and fans to be more aware about local football.”
– Abhishek Yadav, Player, Mumbai City FC
“Local football needs to be popularized. An online solution will act as a catalyst to this process”
– Pyarelal Chaudhary, Vice President, Poona District Football Association
AFC Goalkeeping courses at West Bengal
All India Football Federation (AIFF) is all set to organise two Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Goalkeeping Courses for Level I and II in Bengal from 3 to 8 and 9 till 15 November, 2014 respectively.
The application window for the same is now open for eligible candidates to apply meeting the required criteria below.
Level 1 Criteria:
1. AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate with a minimum of 1 year Coaching experience.
Level 2 Criteria:
1. Goalkeeping ‘Level 1’ Coaching Certificate.
2. Working experience (minimum 2 years).
3. Log book (minimum 40 Coaching hours).
The deadline for the same has been set at September 29, 2014.Read More »
The long wait is over for the candidates!
This course AIFF D License held 24 – 28 August 2014 was indeed unique in many ways. To name a few it was the first course which started on a Sunday. It had an ex I-League Player form Mahindra United Mr. Noel Fernandes.
The instructors for the course were Mr. Kundan Chandra and Mr. Arshad Hussain.
Following is the list of successful candidates:
|SL NO||NAME||THEORY COACHING||PRACTICAL COACHING||RESULT|
|2||SUJIT R PANDEY||80||74||PASS|
|3||AKSHAY B THUMMAR||74||70||PASS|
|5||VIJAY KUMAR BHOGADHI||70||72||PASS|
|9||MAITREYA M JOSHI||69||70||PASS|
|13||SUNJEET D SHETTY||83||70||PASS|
|14||GAURAV R DHALE||80||72||PASS|
|17||BHUSHAN HARENDRA SHETH||67||72||PASS|
|18||DINESH KUMAR S||83||70||PASS|
|19||SUSHMA RAJA NADAR||70||70||PASS|
|20||MAHENDRA B PATHAK||60||74||PASS|
|21||ROHIT SINGH||30||70||PRO PASS|
|27||J SANTOSH KUMAR||70||86||PASS|
|28||C SHIVA SHANKAR||45||72||PRO PASS|
|30||MAYURESH KHARDE||73||NA||PASS||Pro pass form 30th June to 4th July|
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Vincent Subramanium is the Instructor of the 5 day course being hosted by WIFA from 15th to 19th September.
In all there are 20 participants from various I-League clubs and State associations. The AIFF MAs and I-League clubs were requested to nominate the coaches from their respective bodies for the course. The criteria for the same was that the coaches should be involved with youth development and should be a minimum AFC B License holder.
There were more than 40 entries for the course and the following have been shortlisted and are attending the course:
Josephato Vales – Salgaoncar, Mahesh Lotlicar-Sporting Club de Goa, Jayabrata Ghosh – IFA, Abhijoy Basu-Delhi, Anil Kumar – KeralaFA, Derryl D Souza – Goa FA, Ashok Gondale-ChattisgarhFA, Raghuvir P Khanolkar – WIFA, Ekendra Singh – Manipur FA, Kamlakanta Singh – Assam FA, Robin Charles Raja – Tamil Nadu FA, E S Shyam – Andhra Pradesh FA, Khlain Syiemlieh – Meghalaya FA, Bobby Nongbet – Meghalaya FA, Sujit Chakroborty – East Bengal FC, Jahar Das – Mohun Bagan AC, Naushad Moosa – Pune FC, Arshad Hussain – WIFA, Augusto D Silva – WIFA and Kundan Chandra – Mumbai FC.
The course is covering the basics of Youth Coaching and educating about the new updates for coaching the youth.
In WIFA (Maharashtra) the Referees recruitment drive has been really promising after Jalna and Mumbai now Nagpur has got an overwhelming response of more than 50 referees participating in the said course.
Walter Pereira, Chairman and Dhanraj More, Convener of the WIFA Referees’ Board and also the instructors for the course were very happy with the WIFA’s new referees’ recruitment drive. ‘It is only when the state association motivates such drives that we get such response and I give full credit to WIFA for their support on the development’, said Walter Pereira, AFC Referee’s Assessor.
60 participants attended the course and were from the various districts of Maharashtra viz. Nagpur, Yavatmal, Bhanadara, Gondia, Washim, Gadchiroli, Wardha and Dhule.
‘It goes to show that football is getting popular in every part of Maharashtra and this is a very positive sign for the growth of football in our region’, said Souter Vaz, Hon. Secretary – WIFA.
The two day course covers all the basic aspects and laws of the game. The most important of them all is the elusive Fitness test which is a must for all aspiring referees to comply with.
This course will enable all the successful participants to become qualified referees to officiate the games in the State.
Since the AIFF D License and Grassroots Leader’s Course have been successful in Maharashtra there is a huge pressure to produce good quality referees. This new referees recruitment drive will cater demand of rising matches in various districts of Maharashtra’ said Henry Menezes, CEO – WIFA.
‘WIFA has now in the last two months trained more than 100 referees and the target set by WIFA of 500 is likely to be achieved very soon’, said Dhanraj More.
WIFA and its affiliates are organizing the National Football Championship for Coca-Cola Cup in the month of September and November 2014.
The tournament is meant for school teams throughout India. The eligibility criteria for participants is that they should be born on or after 1st January 2000 and not later than 31st December 2002, thus making the tournament a under 14 tournament. This is in line with India’s preparation for the upcoming 2017 FIFA Under 17 world cup in India.
The tournament is conducted in a knockout format.
Following districts are conducting the tournaments across Maharashtra:
Osmanabad, Jalna, Mumbai, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Solhapur, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Thane and Pune
Participants/Schools are requested to contact their local DFA for more info.
SNAPSHOTS OF THE ACTIVITY SO FAR
Pune FC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh and striker Thongkhosiem Haokip have been named in the final 20-member Indian Under-23 squad for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Featuring regularly for Pune FC’s first team during last season, Amrinder and Haokip have been part of the two-month long preparatory camp for the games since July. During this period, the duo travelled to the Czech Republic and China for exposure tours and will hope to make an impression on the continental stage.
Both Amrinder and Haokip thus become the first-ever Peninsula Pune FC Academy (PPFCA) graduates to represent India at the Asian Games.
The duo joined PPFCA at the start of the 2011-12 season, and have helped Pune FC in winning the Under-20 I-League title on multiple occasions. While Amrinder won the title once in 2012, Haokip won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
Pune FC’s other two players, defender Salam Ranjan Singh and medio Dhanpal Ganesh, who too were part of the camp, were unlucky to miss out on the final selections.
Placed in Group-G, India will face 2010 Asian Games silver-medallists UAE in the opener at the Hwaseong Stadium on September 15th followed by a clash against Jordan at the Incheon Munhak Stadium on September 22nd.
The 20-member squad announced by national coach Wim Koevermans is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh (Pune FC), Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das
Midfielders: Pronoy Halder, Clifton Dias, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Milan Singh
Forwards: Francis Fernandes, Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip (Pune FC), Mandar Rao DesaiRead More »
Mumbai FC have signed Japanese player Taisuke Matsugae for the 2014-15 season. Having played for Shillong Lajong last season and for teams in the 2nd Division of J-League previously in Japan, the 31 year old brings with him a lot of experience to the Mumbai FC squad. Taisuke is the first foreigner signed by Mumbai FC and also fills the club’s Asian quota.
The Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil said, “Taisuke will bring a lot of creativity to the Mumbai FC attack. He has the ability to unlock any defense and he also has a very good eye for goal. Taisuke will fit into my game plans very well. A player who can play both as a midfielder and as a false 9 (forward) is always a valuable asset.”
In 2007 Taisuke joined Blaublitz Akita who played in the Japan Football League. He stayed at the club from 2007 to 2013 in which he played in 96 league matches and scored 19 goals in his time at the club. At Shillong Lajong he played 31 matches scoring 4 goals for them in the process.
On signing for Mumbai FC Taisuke said, “I am happy to be at this club. I enjoyed my time playing in the I-League last season and wanted to continue playing in this league. I will give my best at this club. I hope to join my teammates for our pre-season soon.”
The arrival of Taisuke Matsugae will help Mumbai FC add more goals to their tally as they look to improve their position in the I-League table for the upcoming season.Read More »
Abeer Arsiwala, Maharashtra Team has been called up for Indian National women’s Under 19 Preparatory Camp in Gujarat!
The camp being conducted by AIFF is for the Under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifying Round – I 2014 in Amman, Jordan. The team will be travelling to Amman, Jordan form 5th to 9th November 2014.
Hosted by Sports Authority of India (SAI) will be organised in SAI Sports Complex, Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 19th September to 2nd November 2014.
WIFA wishes Abeer Arsiwala all the best!Read More »
The Preparatory Camp of the U-16 Girls National Team which kicked-off under Head Coach Maymol Rockey at the Sports Authority of India’s Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat from August 28 is in full swing.
‘Women’s football has caught up in Maharashtra. Its heartening to see young kids showing their potential at this level. This camp will give them immense exposure and experience’, informed Henry Menezes (CEO), WIFA.
‘These are products of the active school football in Maharashtra which is on a flourish. We wish them and team India (to be formed) all the best! and hope they represent India at Dhaka and pave a way for others to follow’, signed off Henry.
The 35 girls are presently preparing for the AFC U-16 Women’s Qualifiers which kick-off in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from October 14 to 23, 2014.
India have been clubbed in Group B along with Iran, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and hosts Bangladesh.
Out of the 35 assembled Players, 21 had represented India in previous age-group Tournaments, including the AFC U-14 AFC Championships in Colombo.
The list of girls presently training at the Camp is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Subha Darshini Patra (Odisha), Shreya Hooda (Haryana), Linthoingambi Devi, Jubina Devi (both from Manipur), Ketaki Tyagi (Delhi).
DEFENDERS: Tahenbi Devi (Manipur), Eva Panna, Jabamani Tudu, Sasmita Behera (all from Odisha),Veganand Scindia (Goa), Karen Kenneth, Aditi Shety (Both from WIFA), Athira (Kerala), Amrita Kumari (Defender), Nandini Kapaiya (Gujarat).
MIDFIELDERS: Premi Chiru, Kashmina (both from Manipur), Nisha (Haryana), Lifa Gama, Anline Fernandes (both from Goa), Srijana Tamang (Odisha), Atisha PRatap Singh (Delhi), Mansi Vakharia, Krina Mehta (both from Gujarat), Minakshi Kumari (Bihar).
FORWARDS: Sushmita Bardhan, Asha Das (both from West Bengal), Daya Devi, Roja Devi (both from Manipur), Anuskha Samuel (Delhi), Vinothini Duraiuan, Adithi Rajgopal (both from Tamil Nadu), Bhagyashree Dalvi, Sejal Nakhawa (both from WIFA), Pynhun Shullet (Megchalaya).
STANDBYES: Kankana Datta (Defender – West Bengal); Poulami Roy (Midfielder – West Bengal), Lawanlang Nongbety (Midfielder – Maghalaya); Vishakha Bhandari (Forward – Uttar Pradesh), Ipsita Roy (Forward – West Bengal), Divya Poyam (Forward – Chattisgarh).
COACHES: Maymol Rockey (Head Coach); Shradhanjali Samantaray (Assistant Coach); Ronibala Chanu (Goalkeeping Coach).Read More »