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India’s First Premier Futsal League 2016 Kicks Off Today

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Premier Futsal League, the shorter version of football kicks off today, 15th July at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. The first edition of world’s first multi-national Futsal tournament will divide six franchises into two groups. The league will continue for ten days and the final will be held after 15 matches on 24th July in Goa.

The president of the league is Portuguese football legend Luis Figo and the ambassador of Futsal is Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli. Futsal Association of India (FAI), a body which is affiliated to the world body Asociacion Mundial de Futsal (AMF) will govern this tournament.

The six teams of the tournament are Chennai 5s, Bengaluru 5s, Kolkata 5s, Mumbai 5s, Kochi 5s and Goa 5s. The duration of the game is 40 minutes each with 4 quarters of 10 minutes each.

In Group A- Chennai, Mumbai and Kochi

In Group B- Goa, Kolkata and Bengaluru

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Hernan Crespo, Ryan Giggs and Ronaldinho

Football legends like Brazil player Ronaldinho, Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs and Argentina player Hernan Crespo has joined the league. Earlier, other legends, former Real Madrid player Michel Salgado, Brazilian Futsal player Falcao and Manchester United player Paul Scholes had signed the league.

Premier Futsal Co-Founder Nithyashree Subban said, “Amidst all the false allegations and attempts to tarnish the image of Premier Futsal, we are proud to kick-start our inaugural edition as scheduled on 15 July here in Chennai. It was a strategic decision to host the league in just two cities; Chennai and Goa, and with six franchises.” He also added, “We have managed to secure signatures of players who are the legends of the game and will be seen playing in India in a few days. As Premier Futsal Management, we are committed to grow Futsal here in India and we will expand the league to other cities in the future editions.”

Ronaldinho who started his career playing Futsal, he told the reporters, “I started my career playing Futsal. Whatever I am today is because of Futsal. So I am glad that this tournament has given me the chance to return to my roots.” He said it will be great if he can help Indian football, “After all these years, it will be a unique experience to be playing against the best futsallers and my friends, with whom I have played against in the past. I am delighted to back in playing capacity this time and it will be great if I can help Indian football in some way.”

This is the first appearance for the Welsh legend Ryan Giggs, “A lot has been spoken about the importance of Futsal and how it helps the players become better. I would love to see how I fare amongst the best in the tournament.”

Virat Kohli and A R Rahman

The anthem of Futsal league titled ‘Naam Hai Futsal’ sung by musical maestro A R Rahman and also Virat Kohli lend his voice for the Premier Futsal League’s official anthem.

What is Futsal?

Futsal, the word came from Spanish futbol sala or futbol de salon meant ‘room football’.

Futsal is a miniature version of football which plays on a smaller field compared to football. It is actually an indoor game. It can be considered a five-a-side version of football.

It is played between two teams of five players; one of them is the goal keeper. This is played on a flat surface and with a smaller ball with less bounce due to the surface of the field.

Futsal Premier League Teams

Source: DNA

Chennai 5s

Owner- The Hindu

Team Coach- Ney Pereira

Player Category
Ronaldinho Marquee Player
Bebe (GK) Futsal Player
Camilo Futsal Player
Vander Carioca Futsal Player
Burrito Futsal Player
Georgievsky Futsal Player
Adonias Futsal Player
Michael Silva Indian Player
Fredsan Marshall Indian Player
Caitano Indian Player
Vatsal (GK) Indian Player
Praveendran Indian Player

Bengaluru 5s

Owner- Puneeth Rajkumar, singer/actor

Team Coach- Juan Jose Bernal Cierre

Player Category
Paul Scholes Marquee Player
Elias (GK) Futsal Player
Romulo Futsal Player
Maxi Futsal Player
Nabil Futsal Player
Anatoliy Futsal Player
Easy Man Futsal Player
Zaib Indian Player
Anto Rushith S Indian Player
Jonathan Indian Player
Abhishek R (GK) Indian Player
Sathya Kumar Indian Player

Kolkata 5s

Owner- Grassroot Entertainment Pvt Ltd

Team Coach- Christian Roldan

Player Category
Hernan Crespo Marquee Player
Cidao (GK) Futsal Player
Saad Futsal Player
Gabriel Futsal Player
Cirilo Futsal Player
Majdoub Futsal Player
Dida Futsal Player
Mohammed Islam Indian Player
Amit Pal (GK) Indian Player
Subrata Dey Indian Player
Pradeep Shaw Indian Player
Akshay Nair Indian Player

Goa 5s

Owner- Viiking Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

Team Coach- Octavio Gomes De Oliveira Junior

Player Category
Ronaldinho Marquee Player
Bebe (GK) Futsal Player
Camilo Futsal Player
Vander Carioca Futsal Player
Burrito Futsal Player
Georgievsky Futsal Player
Adonias Futsal Player
Michael Silva Indian Player
Fredsan Marshall Indian Player
Caitano Indian Player
Vatsal (GK) Indian Player
Praveendran Indian Player

Mumbai 5s

Owner- DC Design

Team Coach- Felice Mastropierro

Player Category
Ryan Giggs Marquee Player
Luis Amado (GK) Futsal Player
Foglia Futsal Player
Angellot Futsal Player
Kevin Futsal Player
Federico Perez Futsal Player
Pablo Futsal Player
Sai Nikhil Indian Player
Jo Paul Bence (GK) Indian Player
Mohammed Ahtesham Ali Indian Player
Shubham Mane Indian Player
Chanpreet Indian Player

Kochi 5s

Owner: ES Entertainment

Team coach: Sergio Sapo

Player Category
Michel Salgado Marquee Player
Casalone (GK) Futsal Player
Neto Futsal Player
Chagiunha Futsal Player
Deives Moraes Futsal Player
Gekabert Futsal Player
Emil Futsal Player
Muhammed Ameer Indian Player
Basil Indian Player
Yeshwant Kumar (GK) Indian Player
Ansh Indian Player
Stalin Daniel Indian Player

Premier Futsal League 2016 Schedule

Source: NDTV

Date

Match 1

Match  2

Venue

15th July

Chennai vs Mumbai, Group A

Goa vs Kolkata, Group B

Chennai

16th July

Mumbai vs Kochi, Group A

Kolkata vs Bengaluru, Group B

Chennai

17th July

Kochi vs Chennai, Group A

Bengaluru vs Goa, Group B

Chennai

18th July

Rest/Travel

19th July

Kolkata vs Goa, Group B

Mumbai vs Chennai, Group A

Goa

20th July

Bengaluru vs Kolkata, Group B

Kochi vs Mumbai, Group A

Goa

21st July

Goa vs Bengaluru, Group B

Chennai vs Kochi, Group A

Goa

22nd July

Rest/Travel

23rd July

Group A Winner vs Group B

Runner-up

Group B Winner vs Group A

Runner-up

Goa

24th July

Closing ceremony

Final

Goa

 Premier Futsal League Official Anthem

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas

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