Shri Parimal Nathwani, president of Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) reiterated his commitment to strengthening football in the State on the occasion of National Sports Day on 29th August 2021. GSFA is all geared up to kickstart field football in Gujarat, which was subdued due to pandemic, he said.
The GSFA is poised to organise Inter-District Football Tournaments in order to select the State team. The Women’s Senior inter-district is scheduled to commence from the 3rd week of September at Palanpur (Banaskantha). The Senior Men’s Inter-District Football tournament will kick off on the 5th of October 2021 at Rajkot.
The players selected will undergo a pre-national camp of 20 days & then represent Gujarat at the All India National Championships.
GSFA has arranged a Referees Refresher Course to prepare the active referees for officiating in the championship. For Coaches, a course is organised at Bhavnagar for the ‘D’ Licence coaching course. A higher level ‘B’ coaching course is planned for the last week of September at Anand. A proposal for organizing ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Course has been sent to AIFF. Coaching Course for Coaches, Referees Courses for Referees & more tournaments for players is the way to go forward is what GSFA believes, he said.
In another significant move, GSFA decided that all the tournaments which were hitherto played on a knockout basis will now be played in League format to give players more exposure and experience of playing matches.
The new team at GSFA consisting of a President, General Secretary, 05 Vice Presidents, 05 Jt. Secretaries, a Treasurer, and a host of Executive Members from across Gujarat are geared up to take football sports in Gujarat to newer heights, he said.
Shri Mulrajsinh Chudasma is General Secretary. The five Vice Presidents are Shri Hanif Ginwala, Shri Pradipsinh Vaghela, Shri Jiignesh Paatil, Shri Gunvant Delawala and Shri Arunsingh Rajput.
The five Joint Secretaries are Shri Kamlesh Sailor, Shri Sandeep Desai, Shri Mahipalsinh Rana, Shri Divyarajsinh Rana, and Shri Dhaval Acharya. Shri Mayank Buch is Treasurer.
Besides the executive committee, GSFA has formed various committees to promote football among boys and girls of different age groups. There are 33 district football associations that are affiliated with the GSFA. They will be encouraged to conduct the qualifying tournaments as prescribed by the parent body All India Football Federation (AIFF).
With the pandemic hopefully on its way out, GSFA is all poised to kick off the field football in full steam in days to come. The objective is that Gujarat shines out in football at the national level, Shri Nathwani says.