Wednesday, 26 November 2014

AIFF Coaching Calendar for 2015 released!

All India Football Federation has published the Coach Education Calendar for 2015. The Calendar comprises of all AFC Courses to be conducted for next year from AFC-C Certificate Course to AFC Pro-Diploma Level Courses.

All The Courses have been confirmed after approval from the Asian Football Confederation.

The Instructors for the same will be both from India and abroad as approved by the AFC. Other Courses under FIFA and AIFF will be announced in due time.

The Course dates and venues are, however, subject to change.

The Calendar can be downloaded from .

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

VIDEO: #GatoradeGonzo talks to Mumbai City FC's Abhishek Yadav & Nadong Bhutia!

Rasesh Patkar is the Gatorade Gonzo from Delhi. He is taking over in the Indian Super League, he is going to get live updates, inside scoop on the ISL. This time it is Mumbai City FC's Abhishek Yadav & Nadong Bhutia.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

AIFF Under-14 Regional Academy blank SAI Goa 4-0!

A hattrick by Boris Singh helped All India Football Federation's Under-14 Academy blank SAI Goa 4-0 in a Friendly Match at the Benaulim ground. All the four goals came in the second half.

The match was played of two halves of 40 minutes each. Post resumption, AIFF Academy took the lead when Abhijit Sarkar converted from the spot. Md. Shahjahan's cross was handled inside the box and Sarkar gleefully converted.

Thereafter, Boris scored three to complete his hattrick. Singh doubled the tally when he slotted home following a defence splitting pass from Komal Thatal. He doubles his personal tally in the 65th minute with a neat placement off a Flan Gomes cross.

Boris Singh completed the rout in the 76th minute to complete his hattrick.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

Bhutan King's Cup: Pune FC sign off in style; down Bangladesh’s Abahani Ltd 2-0!

Pune FC finished their group engagements in style by maintaining a clean record with a 2-0 win over Bangladesh's Abahani Limited in the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Tuesday.

In a game of equal exchanges, late goals from midfielder Lalrempuia Fanai (86th minute) and defender Luciano Sabrosa (90th) helped Pune FC overcome the Dhaka-based side for a fourth consecutive win in the competition. The result took Pune FC's tally to 12 points in four games winning Group-B with a 5-point margin ahead of MMC, Nepal (7 pts), Abahani Ltd (4 pts), Ugyen Academy, Bhutan (3 pts) and Assam State Electricity Board (0 pts). Moreover, Pune FC became the only side in this edition of the King's Cup to end the group stage with one hundred percent record.

Coach Karim Bencherifa rung in five changes in the line-up handing starts to goalkeeper Moniruzzaman Ansari, defender Matthew Gonsalves and Luciano Sabrosa along with medio Mumtaz Akhtar and attacker Bineesh Balan.

The game began with Abahani dominating the early exchanges as Pune FC soaked pressure. However, keeper Ansari was alert to deny Shahedul Alam who let fly from 25 yards out in the 5th minute. At the other end, Pune FC started building up pressure and themselves went close on couple of occasions through Bineesh and striker Thongkhosiem Haokip.

However, despite dominating possession in the midfield Pune FC were unable to penetrate through the Abahani defense until the 25th minute when medio Mumtaz’s intelligent chip sent Haokip in the clear only for the rival custodian Md. Ziaur Rahman to rush out and make a block. Minutes later, it was attacker Eric Brown who almost broke the deadlock. His powerful shot rattled the woodwork and came off the horizontal in the 29th minute. Thereafter, both sides kept pushing but once again fell short in the final third as the first half ended goalless.

Coach Bencherifa made a couple of changes at the start of the second half bringing in attacker Prakash Thorat and winger Snehashis Chakraborty in place of Haokip and Dhanpal Ganesh. The change made an immediate impact as Prakash went on a fantastic solo, cut past a defender and set up Lalrempuia whose attempt on target was saved by the keeper.

Minutes later, Pune FC once again went on the attack. This time, Snehashis and Brown combined down the left but the Liberian’s set up for Bineesh was blocked by defender Samad Yussif. At the other end, Abahani created their first close chance of the game in the 55th minute. Nasirul Islam did well to get past Luciano and crossed in for striker Ismael Bangoura who headed over from six-yards out. Meanwhile, Pune FC who were camped in the opposition half kept on pushing up creating a few close chances but attempts from Bineesh and defender Zohmingliana Ralte lacked finish.

Midway through the half, Prakash once again set on a solo on the right before cutting back to Lalrempuia who in turn set up Brown. The Liberian was however unlucky as his try from 25-yards out was saved by the keeper. Into the final ten minutes, Pune FC once again went close on a couple of occasions through substitute Nikhil who fell short on applying the killer finish from close range.

Just as it seemed that the match would end goalless, it burst into life in the final five minutes as Pune FC scored twice in succession. First, winger Nikhil earned a freekick after being fouled by Samad 20-yards out. On the resultant set-piece, Lalrempuia curled in the attempt into the top corner to give Pune FC the lead in the 86th minute. The strike was also his first ever Senior goal for Pune FC.

Three minutes later, Pune FC earned a penalty with Nikhil once again at the heart of the move. The young winger showed some great control on the left and sent in a grounder to Prakash inside the box. Prakash brilliantly played dummy letting the ball go through for Bineesh who was brought down by Henry Felix as he tried to get past him. Defender Luciano Sabrosa stepped-up and made no mistake in slotting home the penalty kick past the keeper to double the lead and get his first goal in Pune FC colours.

Pune FC will now face the runner-up of Group-A in the second semifinal on Sunday.

FIFA Instructor Krystyna Szokolai: Lifespan of a Female Referee is much less!

As the first-ever exclusive Course for Women – the FIFA-MA Women's Referees Course came to an end in New Delhi FIFA Instructor Krystyna Szokolai from Australia spoke to AIFF Media about the Course, its significance, the life span of a Women Referee and much more. Besides being a FIFA Instructor for the last 8 years, Krstyna has also been a Professional Referee for 20 Years and a FIFA Referee for 10 years.

What has been your observation?

There are some who as per my assessment are good enough to officiate at the AFC level. There's always a scope for improvement and I keep this saying this every time as one should always target to officiate at the FIFA level. Women's Refereeing has a huge scope for growth in India. With the introduction of the Women's League in 2016, it will take that giant step which is much needed.

What did you stress on in the Course?

The Course couldn't be at par with what is taught, for example, in Japan. The topics were a bit different. We had theoretical sessions as much we had practical sessions. Topics like handball, fouls, misconduct, offsides, positioning, etc were stressed upon. In the practical sessions, emphasis was paid on teamwork – the teamwork between the four Officials, the Referee, the two Assistant Referees and the fourth Official. It's all about getting the right decision.

Where the girls interactive? Did they ask questions?

O yeah, they were. They asked a lot of questions. Some of them asked in the classroom itself while some wanted one on one sessions. Their involvement in the group sessions where they shared their opinions, knowledge, and experiences and communicated with one another was also very encouraging. It's all about the clarity which they ought to achieve through the situations and the clips which were shown to them.

How much significant was the Course?

Life for a Women Referee is much difficult than a Men Referee. The sociological barrier which women have to fight with, not only in India but in the entire World, is more than what Men have to face. A Women needs to take care of her family, balance Refereeing with family life and hence, the lifespan is much less. That's where I need to applaud and thank All India Football Federation for being so proactive and organising this Course exclusively for Women Referees. It's such a historical occasion for the girls. It's now up to the girls to realize and take charge. It's up to them to feel how badly they want this Course to change their lives.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)