How to regain the lost glory of Kerala FootballFootball associations should promote and give due recognition to the Sevens, Nines and Fives football, feel veteran players..
In a bid to regain the lost glory of football, “football associations should promote and give due recognition to the Sevens, Nines and Fives football tournaments held in the villages”.This is one of the recommendations that veteran football players and experts are about to put to the Sports Minister of Kerala and Kerala State Sports Council to revive football in the state.
“In the wake of the poor show by the football team in recent tournaments, the Kerala State Sportsmen Welfare Association, Kerala Veteran’s Football Association and the District Sports Council had organised a seminar to evolve new ideas for the development of the game. On the basis of those recommendations, we have prepared the report,” Thiruvananthapuram District Sports Council President D Mohanan, who presided over the seminar, was quoted.
According to the report, encouraging shorter formats such as Sevens, Nines and Fives would bring a tremendous change. “This will increase the speed of the game and can be played in smaller grounds as well. In short, the football should go the T20 way. (Rather the Futsal way!) So football associations should seriously think of giving recognition and support for these shorter versions,” Mohanan said.
According to the report, district level league matches should be taken up more seriously. “The Sports Council should sent football experts to monitor league matches and actions should be taken based on their reports,” the report says.
Veteran players also pointed out that only people having any connection with football should be elected as office-bearers of state and district level associations. Inter-sports hostel tournaments should be conducted jointly by the state sports council and the respective district councils.
Similarly, the number o f inter-collegiate tournaments should be increased. Schools and colleges, which have good football teams, should be given membership in the district football associations.
The report also stresses the need for the revival of football tournaments, which had come to a halt. Other major suggestions include:
+ Take necessary steps to participate state teams in national football league (I-League 1 and 2)
+ Reorganise football teams of Kerala Police, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Keltron and AG’s Office
+ Set up a committee comprising senior players to monitor the working of coaches and honour good coaches
+ Promote football at the school level
The report will be submitted to the respected Sports Minister M Vijayakumar and State Sports Council president TP Dasan during the inaugural of the state civil service tournament to be held on October 20.
Source: Express News Service