GFA Vedanta Women’s Football League 2018 launched; Champions qualify for the IWL; Karishma feted for representing India U-17
PANJIM: “Promotion of football in Goa is the top priority of Sesa Football Academy and with the launch of GFA Vedanta Women’s Football League there is a revolution in the women’s football in State and the creation of the league itself is historic,” said SFA President Annanya Agarwal at the launch event of Women’s Football League 2018 in a city hotel on Thursday.
The league will kick off on August 14 and will continue for four months. “The potential of the league is to unearth talent, while providing a platform for women to showcase their talent is huge,” he added.
The launch of the league which was held under the aegis of the Goa Football Association (GFA) kick started with the anthem performance of ‘Mukhar Chal Chedwa’ by Varun Carvalho and Irina Blansh.
Goa Football Association President Elvis Gomes speaking on the occasion acknowledged the teams participated in 2017 and said “it was because of them that the Women’s League reached greater heights and was expanded from six to eight teams”.
He also expected that the Women’s League could grow bigger and surpass the men’s format some day.
“Our aim is to make professional football more accessible to the women. After season one, I can proudly say that Goa has been witnessing resurgence in women’s football.” “This year, the winners will have an opportunity to compete at the highest level as they will be qualifying India Women’s League,” he added.
Speaker, Goa Legislative Assembly, Pramod Sawant said, “We have a very passionate set of people associated with the women’s football league which is backed by Vedanta Ltd and that is what is needed to inspire women to take up football as a professional sport.”
The event was all praise for Karishma Shirvoikar, who earned her first cap for the country’s Under 17 team that recently played in South Africa. The 16-year-old, top scorer from the 1st edition, was also felicitated by the chief guest.