Exclusive: East Bengal Futsal team from next season?
Last Updated 1:34 PM 25th December 2019 .
Futsal is a fast growing form of the beautiful game and it has been growing in India in the metro cities for quite sometime now.
AIFF has decided to start their own version of the Futsal championship from next season starting from July/August 2020. The decision came after the AIFF Executive Committee meeting on 10th December, 2019.
The All India Football Federation has invited clubs from the Hero Indian Super League, Hero I-League and Hero Second Division League to confirm their participation in the inaugural edition of AIFF Futsal Club Championship.
In a letter to all clubs, Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF wrote: “Futsal is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and has been increasing popularity with the AFC Member Associations as well. Futsal is also seen as a complementing sport with Football for player development. There could be an opportunity for the Champion Club of this tournament to represent India for the subsequent AFC Futsal Club Championship.”
AIFF General Secretary also wrote in the invite to the clubs, “We are planning to start the tournament in July/August2O2O. The players could be from the Senior, Reserve or Under 18 teams of your Club.”
If things do go well, we can expect East Bengal also field a futsal team in the very first ever AIFF organised Futsal Club Championships next season.