FIFA team to arrive in State in last week of May or first week of June to inspect the venue and training facilities
PANJIM: After successfully hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 as one of the six host cities, Goa Football Association President Churchill Alemao ensured the State will host the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in 2020.
“Chances are there that Goa will be one of the four venues to host the prestigious FIFA event for women and we will work towards the same to make this happen,” said Churchill Alemao when contacted by Herald.
“In November, AIFF told us that no guarantees were given by the government to host the championship but later I took the initiative and met former CM late Manohar Parrikar, who despite being sick told his officials that Goa should get there rights to host the championship and follow ups were done with Chief Secretary Parimal Rai,” explained
Churchill also mentioned that J Ashok Kumar Secretary Sports, VM Prabhudesai, Executive Director SAG and Anjali Sehrawat, Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs for getting the guarantees and assisting the government in getting the required support.
According to the sources from All India Football Federation, it has been learnt that the FIFA team will arrive in the State to inspect the venues (match stadium and training venues) in the last week of May or either first week of June.
“No venues have been finalised yet. The FIFA officials are expected to land in Goa soon wherein they will inspect the Fatorda Stadium which has been provisionally selected as one of the venues and the training sites,” added the source who added that ratification is needed for the same despite Goa hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup couple of years ago, as FIFA follows the certain procedures.
Despite there beinf rumours of Goa being likely to be dropped out as the venue for the seventh edition of the prestigious crown, Churchill said he was sure that Goa would be selected for the venue.
“Inspections would be conducted in the manner they had conducted in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to ensure they are FIFA compliant. When the FIFA event was held in 2017, it was found that it was one of the best venues across India and thus there are more chances for the event to take place in Goa. There were guarantees which were given earlier and the same would be given now,” added Churchill.
The training sites —Benaulim, Utorda, Bambolim and Tilak Maidan would be same as the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in 2017.
Alemao thanked the late Parrikar for making it possible to get the guarantees to inch closed in hosting the championship.
Churchill also shed some light on the GFA functioning and said, “the calendar for 2019/20 will be held in June after consulting with all the stake holders and the clubs.”
Alemao also revealed that the Goa Professional League would be begin in August itself and will be stretched over six to eight months considering the fact the State is likely to host the West Zone Santosh Trophy in September and the National Games in November.
“I have all these plans and now I just have to finalise it after the meeting with the Pro League clubs,” explained Churchill.
Churchill also added that some suggested to start the U-20 and U-14 Leagues in July and to play the Vedanta Women’s League over a span of 3-4 months on a double league basis.
“We are thinking of introducing CRS system in GFA itself for which AIFF has agreed in principal,” said Churchill.