NEW DELHI: Odisha will host the 2020-2021 Hero Indian Women’s League, the All India Football Federation said on Sunday.
The dates for the tournament are yet to be finalised and will be announced soon, the football body added.
AIFF president Praful Patel thanked the Odisha government for agreeing to play host to the event.
“The government of Odisha has been a great supporter of Indian football. We are very thankful to Shri Naveen Patnaik ji, Mr Vishal Kumar Dev, Mr Vineel Krishna and and the entire sports department of Odisha for extending all the support and help to organise the Hero Indian Women’s League,” Patel said in a statement.
“Over the years, the tournament has provided the platform for a lot of budding women footballers to show-case their talent and provide them the option of taking up football as a career.”
The AIFF further stated that it “stays committed to the development of women’s football in the country.”
India are scheduled to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 which will be followed by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022.
The AIFF, thus, is hoping to utilise the event to scout and unearth new talent for the women’s national team.