Unique ‘Baby Football’ set to woo Raipurians on Children’s Day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 10:47:20


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After Mizoram, C’garh will be the second state to organise the Baby Football League

Around 200 teams are expected to participate in the tournament

Come Children’s Day, football enthusiasts of Raipur will see a unique event in the form of ‘Baby Football’. In fact the success of such a tournament in Mizoram few months back motivated Raipur based Shera Krida Samiti to replicate the format in State which will be the second, after Mizoram, to host this tournament. The Baby League is scheduled to be inaugurated on the occasion of Children’s Day on November 14.

Shera Krida Samiti Secretary Mustaque Ali Pradhan said that the tournament is being held under his club’s grass-root programme for the development of the game in the state and subsequently link more and more parents to it.

“We have set a target of 200 teams from across the state participating in the tournament which will be played in two different age groups such as 6-8 years and 9-12 years. We have already started preparations for the tournament to be played at Sapre School Football Ground in Raipur. Schools across the state are being contacted and convinced to send their teams.

Many schools have sent consent,” said Pradhan, adding, Shera Club president Sanjay Shrivastav is taking keen interest in the tournament.
Both boys and girls can participate in the matches to be played in the age group of 6-8 years while only boys can participate in the matches to be played in the age group of 9-12.

Tournament will be played from 4 pm to 7 pm and 8-10 matches will be played every day. While duration of the game for 6-8 years group will be 25 minutes, the duration will be 30 minutes for the teams belonging to the age group of 9-12. Entry fees for the tournament have been fixed as Rs 500. “We will select around 300 players from Baby Football Tournament and provide them with free coaching for five years,” said Pradhan.

He said that the Baby Leagues project intends to give match play opportunities to children well below the conventional age of 12-13 when they are taken to football with the aim to get them into the system.
It is based on the leagues in South American countries, for example, that churn out footballers without facilities or formalised development structures of Europe.