The Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) – Football season 2022-23, which started in September 2022, concluded on the Utorda Sports Complex in Goa earlier this month. The match, which ran for over 5 months throughout varied areas, registered a participation of greater than 26000 younger footballers from round 2,400 + groups, in boys and ladies classes. The season kicked off with a brand new format that featured a league and playoff spherical hosted throughout the nation in states reminiscent of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Goa, Mizoram, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka and Assam. RFYS additionally introduced a grant of Rs. 35 lacs which shall be given to round 200 groups for his or her successful and runners-up efficiency this yr.
Just like its earlier editions, the RFYS soccer 2022-23 season witnessed a plethora of expertise showcase their expertise, additionally famous by membership scouts of the Indian Super League, the nation’s premier soccer league.
Talking about RFYS’ impetus and alternative to encourage home-grown Indian soccer expertise, Anoj Naik, Physical Education Teacher, Rosary Higher Secondary School, Navelim, which clinched the Goa leg, stated, “Every year we eagerly wait for RFYS tournament as it gives great exposure to our students. RFYS has been a great platform for schools across Goa. It’s rare that such competitions are there for girls where they can compete at a national level. With a professionally organized competition being played under the watchful eyes of the scouts our players from Goa have a great opportunity to build their career as a professional football player.”
Samir Bera, Pro-in-charge of Sports, Charuchandra College, Kolkata quotes examples of earlier yr’s skills, “Charuchandra College has been participating in RFYS since 2016 and two of the players are playing now in ISL – Ankit Mukherjee and Hira Mondal, and many of the players are playing the I-league. We are happy that the tournament has regularly provided national level competition opportunities for college students who have limited competitions opportunities in the country. With the introduction of the league competitions we are hopeful it will create good quality matches, leading to a creation of a pathway for players in the coming years.”
With a mission of creating the whole soccer ecosystem, RFYS in partnership with the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) has initiated an up-skilling program for coaches and P.E lecturers to provide them much-deserved publicity to skilled coaching. RFYS can also be enabling up-skilling by sponsoring licensed programs for coaches which can be half of the ecosystem. The up-skilling program will now even be prolonged to the ladies officers who had been half of the technical crew within the 2022-23 season as referees and MCs throughout the nation.
Dinesh Nair, Founder Director, Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) stated, “RFYS Football Championship which is held across the country is a brilliant initiative ensuring competitive game time, which not only helps with the development of players but also of coaches and support staff. At AIFC our vision is to constantly educate and upgrade grassroots coaches which in turn will improve the quality of players and the sport. Organising continuous professional development workshops and clinics is not a one-time initiative and along with the RFYS we look forward to constantly work on the development of coaches, PE teachers and support staff in India.”
Over 300 video games had been live-streamed for over 80 days throughout 20 championship facilities making it extra accessible for soccer followers to tune in and watch, having 20,000+ hours of watch time on YouTube | 2.4M+ content material attain on YouTube
Since inception, RFYS has impacted 9 million kids, from greater than 10,000 faculties and schools, in 26 states and union territories and has supported the soccer teaching ecosystem by up-skilling 750+ coaches with RFYS sponsored D License teaching certification in affiliation with AIFF. During the pandemic, RFYS performed digital classes on health, diet, well-being of athletes which had been attended by over 11,000+ coaches/athletes and hosted digital Coach schooling workshops with The Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) offering certification to over 400+ coaches.
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