SRINAGAR: After groundbreaking initiative of State Football Academy (SFA) of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) to open District Football Units and Football Learning Schools in each district of the State under Mission-22, SFA has started its first ever domestic league “SFA Inter Academies Football League 2017-18” as per the format of Junior I-League of All India Football Federation to groom and harness football talent of the State.
The first SFA Inter Academies Football League 2017-18 of State Football Academy (SFA) was officially kicked off on Friday at M.A Stadium Jammu, during which an inaugural match was played between SFA Jammu and SFA Kathua to mark the beginning of Inter-Academy Football League.
Meanwhile, in this league almost 22 teams of 20 respective districts are participating under the three age categories comprising of 13, 15 and 18 respectively.
The 22 teams are divided into 8 clusters and winner of each cluster will likely play in final round of the league which will likely held from 1st May this year.
Executive Officer of SFA said that the idea behind holding Inter-Academy League is to develop football at grassroots level besides to provide a window of opportunity to budding and aspiring footballers to show their mettle.
“We will harness and groom the budding and talented footballers of each district and thereby prepare them to compete at higher levels,” he said.
He said the league will be organized on professional lines in all the districts, where SFA has marked its footprints in the State.
He further said that to make the teams travel less and play more they have divided teams into their respective clusters.
Meanwhile, on the inaugural day, the first match of the league in Cluster-Jammu was played between SFA Jammu and SFA Kathua in which SFA Jammu sealed victory by 2-1. The goal scorers from Jammu side were Madhav Sharma and Paras Bassan while as Ritesh Singh was the lone goal scorer from SFA Kathua side.
Almost 9 matches will likely be played in this cluster and the remaining seven clusters will likely start their Inter Academy League matches in their respective districts likely from next week.
ammu cluster league is being organized by Organizer Secretary, Satpal Singh while as Iqbal Singh was the Match Commissioner and Vishvamitra as League Coordinator.
Moreover, SFA Coaching panel was assigned the job of Officiating the match so as to groom them as future officials for the State.
The league is being played under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association as per the guidelines of All India Football Federation.