Does Height Matter For A Goalkeeper?

And, that’s how he saved a goal for SSPF. We should definitely give credit to his height, said the Doordarshan Journalist during the SSPF v/s BBFS match.

There is a perception among people that the football goalkeepers should be tall to perform well in the match. While there are many coaches who will talk about the right technique and height to save a goal, others consider height as one of the most essential factors that determines the effectiveness of a goalkeeper.


Attributes Of A Goalkeeper

Needless to mention, it is just a physical attribute, and won’t really matter in executing the skill. However, if we talk about real match situations, it becomes easier for the goalkeeper to save the goal.

Let’s have a look at the top skills/attributes a soccer goalkeeper should have which are as follows:-

Reading and understanding the game
Organizing the team
Diving technique
Catching technique
Punching technique
Ball control with feet
Right Timing
Vertical leap height

Right Balance of Height And Techniques

It is very important for a goalkeeper to have the right balance between the height and technique. If we talk about modern football, a goalkeeper should be both tall and technically sound. Good footwork allows a goalkeeper to cover the length of the goal rapidly and also creates a strong base for diving.


Let’s talk about the geometry of a full size soccer goal.

Height: 2.44 m ( 8 ft)
Width: 7.32m ( 24 ft)

What this means is that if a goalkeeper is standing in the middle of the net and dive to the top corner, ~ 4.0 m (13 ft., 1 in.) will be the distance from hands to the corner. Would the few extra centimeters really matter? What about the leg strength, leaping ability and timing of the dive?

According to a recent report, a minimum height of a goalkeeper should be 1.80m ( 5 ft, 11in.) and the ideal height should be 1.90 m ( 6 ft, 3 in). There are many successful shorter goalkeepers, such as MEXICAN JORGE CAMPOS & COLUMBIAN RENE HIGUITA whose height is 1.75 m (5 ft., 9 in.)


What we consider is an entire package of mental, physical and technical attributes for a football goalkeeper and decides whether they should participate in the competition. Height cannot be the “only” factor to be a successful goalkeeper.

A successful goalkeeper should be able to stop the shots, make the right decision at the right team, and should know how to control the batter. These few attributes are more important than the height.


• Try to spot the goalkeeper from a very early age.
• Do a little bit of research on the family ground and check the potential height in the future.
• Nurture the player.

Good height is definitely a coveted attribute but it doesn’t define the success for a goalkeeper. Determination to succeed, hard work on technique and development of leadership skills are keys to the top.

Good luck!

Cluster Level Cricket Tournament Will Kick Start From 19th July 2017 In Lakhimpur


19th June 2017 is the day when Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh will witness one of the most exciting cricket matches under Schools India Cup 2017. It is the 10th district from the state where SSPF will conduct its cluster level matches of Schools India Cup 2017. The matches will kick start from 19th June and first cluster will get over by 21st of June 2017.
In this cluster 4 schools are participating-:
• Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College
• Swami Shyam Prakash Inter College
• St. Don Bosco College
• Paul International School
Uttar Pradesh: The Hub Of Cricket
Being the largest state of India, many big sports personalities have come from this state. In Cricket this state has produced few of the most popular all- rounders like Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. When it comes to the Indian pace attack, we have R P Singh and Praveen Kumar. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the budding cricketers who are participating in Schools India Cup.
This season, two schools are new entries whereas St. Don Bosco College and Paul International School are associated with SSPF since its first year. In Cricket, Uttar Pradesh is the state where highest number of districts have been played under Schools India Cup 2017 till date.
When it comes to pan India reach, SSPF has large number of schools playing under Schools India Cup. Just to mention the versatility if we talk about Cricket, 5 states and 9 districts have taken part in the cluster level tournament so far. In these districts, 109 matches have been completed.
One can imagine the outreach of such grass roots program that under these 506 matches more than 1,500 children have taken part. These figures are only for one sport i.e. Cricket but apart from this Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Athletics are also under SSPF this year.
So let’s celebrate the sporty spirit of Schools India Cup and wish all players registered under SSPF best of luck for the tournament. Now our all eyes and wishes are with Lakhimpur schools who will be in face off with one another from 19th June.

Little Saif Dares To Dream Like Ronaldo


3 goals in a row and it’s a hat-trick!!!!

Yes, we are talking about football where a 14-year-old boy from Osmanabad district, Maharashtra made 3 goals to mark a win 3-0 Shamsul Urdu High School. The name is Saif Sayyed, Class IX student of Bharat Vidyalaya Osmanabad school.

It was Saif who made all the goals for his team and he continued his exemplary performance in SSPF cluster level tournament of Osmanabad district where his school played 3 matches. In all the matches he is the only player from the team to score goals. He scored 5 goals in 3 matches for his school team.

This is the pool of talent searched by SSPF. Saif’s school Bharat Vidyalaya Osmanabad have registered with SSPF for the first time but with such talented players it is giving a tough competition to schools like Shamsul Urdu High School who has played under SSPF in previous year.

Saif Sayyed’s father Sayyed Munawar has a small shop of readymade garments and his mother Sayyed Saba is a house wife. Saif has an elder brother too who is in class 10th but he is the one who dare to dream big. He loves Ronaldo. If not in the field, you can find him talking to his friends about Ronaldo’s style of playing. Forward position player in his team, Saif dreams to be like him one day and that’s exactly why he goes for his training at Sahara Sports Academy under coach Shaikh Khalid.

Saif lives with his family in a small city called Khaja Nagar in Osmanabad. Passionate about football, he always wanted a platform to showcase his skills. When his school came across an opportunity to register with Schools India Cup 2017, he and many football loving youngsters were thrilled to be a part of this National Tournament.

Now, Saif is excited and so as SSPF to bring such talent from across country to forefront and proof that India is not only a cricket playing nation. It has also got talent like Saif Sayyed who can do wonders in game like football if given a chance.

“Keep Calm and Play Schools India Cup 2017”- Surinder Khanna

I am 60 years of age but I still eat, sleep and think cricket. At this age also I have the same passion for the game like any other young player.  And after seeing so many future cricketers playing under one roof of Schools India Cup, I am overwhelmed. It is my second season as Secretary, SSPF National Cricket Council and it is an amazing experience to see budding talent from all over the country.

This season so far we have covered 5 states at the cluster level. I must admit that we have seen some brilliant talent like Aryan Sidharth Pawar- the run machine of Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar scored this double ton against S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School. I just gone through the scoresheet and was so excited to see such talent who has 12 sixes and 24 fours which is equivalent to 168 runs just from boundaries. He can do wonders if given the right guidance and coaching.

Oh! How can I forget about Ram! He is the Indian cricket sensation and you can also call him Dhoni’s predecessor. Ram Raushan Sharan from Jawahar Vidya Mandir school, Shayamali. He not only scored 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, Kanke.  He also took 2 vital wickets in that match which proves that he is an excellent all-rounder in making.

In our first season, I have seen such immense talent in the young generation. I still remember the days of our National camp held in Dehradun’s leading school SelaQui International School. It was a 10 days’ camp and I was the head coach. I must say that I learnt a lot from Gen X. I met Sanchit Pasricha from Delhi who is a Chinaman bowler, K SARVAN KUMAR who came all the way from Telangana to attend the camp. I have shared all my expertise and techniques of the sport with these children and observed that given a right opportunities and guidance they can do wonders.

This season we will find more and more talent and as per our mission to give these young players a proper guidance we will soon come up with a center of excellence. It will be one special school where all selected players from this season and previous season will get admission and the expense of their study will be taken care by SSPF. They will get the best of coaching to excel in their favorite sport.

So I just want to wish all the superstar players of tomorrow to play with passion, practice with honesty, believe in yourself and sky will be the limit for you.

Best of luck, CHAMPIONS! J

Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shamali Is On A Row To Produce Another Dhoni !!!

Ram Raushan Sharan, 9th class student of  Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali made 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, kanke.  Just the same talent from the same school at almost same age.

Yes!!! You guessed it right; we are talking about the former captain cool of team India M. S. Dhoni aka Mahi. The boy from JVM School who changed the history of Indian cricket.

Though it is very early to predict but SSPF is so excited to have Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali registered and playing with us. The same school which has a proud past of producing players like Dhoni.

In his innings, Ram Raushan has scored 18 fours and 7 sky- high sixes. Out of 143 runs he made 114 runs just from boundaries. That’s not all where he stoped. He also took one of the most vital catches of Iftikhar Alam and one wicket of Tanishq Paul L from the opponent team.

In the Ranchi district, 5 clusters with 20 schools have taken part in SSPF Schools India Cup 2017. Jharkhand has produced many sports person who has brought glory to the nation. SSPF also hope to have that privilege that future sports star from this state will play for SSPF in his growing years.

“It Was My Turn To Stand Up To The Mark”, Said Shubham Sangwan, Midfielder, Telangana

“Is there a player from Telangana”, asked the social media team of SSPF. I was practising in the ground when I heard this question. However, I was busy practising and felt that someone would tell them that Shubham is from Telangana. Next day was the big match against SSPF. We all were practising hard. It was difficult because we all as a team have met after a long time. Team coordination was one of the major aspects in football. I have always loved football the most among all the good things in life, and SSPF (School Sports Promotion Foundation) has played an important role in giving me the platform to perform my level best in the game.

There was a series of process through which we were selected, at each level we got to know new techniques, skills, drills to improve our game. We (representatives) came from different parts of the country and shared our experiences with each other along with the guidelines of our coaches and managers. The Champions Match held between SSPF and BBFS was a head to head battle as both the teams gave their best. We all reported to SSPF 4 days before the match day. The stay was facilitated well with the best accommodation by SSPF.

Playing With Bhaichung & Renedy

Under the tremendous instructions of our coach Deepak sir and Mr. Harish, manager, we adjusted our allocation and positional play to set ourselves for the match. Our sync became prefect by 22nd, as we won two practice matches. Next day was big. It was the match day, we all were excited to play against Bhaichung and with Renedy, and we were a bit tensed too as we were to play in front of a big crowd and television viewers throughout the nation. We were all determined to beat BBFS.

How Rajat Rathi Played An Important Role?

After a heartwarming ceremony, the match started. It took a while for us to set a strategical play against BBFS’s professional play. Deepak sir came up with some suggestions for midfielders. We successfully converted some attacks leading to a 34th min goal by Mehto the captain. Rathi kept disturbing opponents right wing, eventually helping us to penetrate more in opponent’s defensive area.

Thank you CHOTE LAL!

After half time it was my turn to stand up to the mark, and then I successfully converted chote’s lal’s pass into an overhead goal. We won the match with our keeper with clean sheet. We were presented by medals from Mr. Om Pathak, SSPF Chairman with the trophy, and were titled as The Champions Match winners. It was hell of an experience for me and I thank SSPF for the opportunity.


The last words I heard in the playground were, “And it’s Shubham Sangwan from Telangana who made the second goal for SSPF”.

Little Wonder Boy Of Cricket From Haridwar Strikes A Double Century

213 runs in just 76 balls. It is not a score of any National or International player, it is an amazing mark achieved by a 14 year school boy playing under SSPF School India Cup’s cluster level cricket tournament.

Aryan Sidharth Panwar of Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar scored this double ton against S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School. In his innings, Aryan hit 12 sixes and 24 fours that means out of his total of 213 runs, 168 runs were scored by boundaries and only 45 runs were made by running between the wickets.

With the help of excellent 213 runs inning of Aryan, his team Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar was able to set a target of 356 runs and able to beat S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School by a huge margin of 200 runs.

Aryan is an all- rounder, this right handed batsman not only piled up so many runs against the opponent team but also has taken two wickets of Akash Kumar and Aditya Singh of S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School team. He bowled both the batsman to contribute in his team’s victory.

Aryan is the son of a BSF Jawan Mr. Subhash Panwar and his mother Savita Panwar is a Govt. school teacher in Haridwar. Apart from his studies, Aryan is setting a bench mark for every young cricketer by showcasing such brilliant talent on field.

Sameer’s Journey In SSPF : What His Proud Father Sees

I, as a parent, have been closely observing the activities of SSPF. I must say that they have made tremendous progress in the first year itself.

Why do I say so?

Well I got to know of SSPF when they had organized the first round of School level Football tournament in Gurgaon and other places in 2016.My son, Sameer Seshadri, went on to play from school to district to State in July 2016.

  1. Finally the Nationals at Delhi in Sep 2016. What is noteworthy is these matches were well managed without any issues. 
  2. Thereafter Sameer was selected to train in the National Camp at Dehradun. Here again the arrangements were excellent in terms of stay, food and coaching. 
  3. When I heard of the Football Tournament in Apr 2017 between SSPF and BBFS, we were really excited. The game and the overall feel of the tournament was great.The most appreciable aspect was the opportunity for the boys to interact and also play with Bhaichung Bhutia and Rennedy Singh. This was an absolutely high level motivation for the team.

The entire sequence of the above events shows a structured approach, professional effort and dedication to a set goal. This is what I call “tremendous progress”

Added to this is great teamwork among the boys and the efforts of an exceptional Coach Deepak Jha.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to Mr. Om Pathak for his vision and the entire team of SSPF for all that is done so far and look forward to even greater contribution to the field of Sports.


Rajesh Votépur

An Open Letter To Raj Kishore Mahto, Midfielder, Jharkhand, SSPF National Football Team 2016 !!

Dear 16 year old Mahto,

I have always been a little good with words but don’t get time to write much due to my hectic schedule. However, you have just forced me to write this. I was in the field doing the live telecast of the football match SSPF v/s BBFS, watching you doing magic with the ball, all by yourself. And I just want to tell you something, “You are simply great at it”. I am your 27 years old FAN.

I must tell you that I envied you when I saw you chasing the ball. I saw the spark in your eyes. I just felt that I lived my childhood in that single moment. It’s been so long that I have not thought about the KHO-KHO sessions of my school. I think that it was the awesome time of my childhood, but now when I am a professional I miss those days when we used to eagerly wait for our SPORTS DAY.

He is No.11

You know there’s always someone in life who reminds of your childhood days. You may call them your twin, or probably someone who shares the same level of energy, passion and excitement as soon as they are in the ground. I must admit that there were some extraordinary players in SSPF’s National Team 2016 and I even interviewed few of them during the Nationals. But, you were my favorite. I failed to make my fellow colleagues understand that why I am a fan of this Jharkhand guy.

You just reminded me of my childhood days. I shared the same energy, excitement and enthusiasm for everything, and that’s exactly why you are my favorite. I saw you playing against the great Bhaichung Bhutia. I saw a spark in your eyes. And those small innocent eyes with big dreams! I cannot ever forget them.

Mahto, I hope one day I will find you playing in Indian football team or something much bigger. I wish you get some great coaches to guide you. I wish you achieve everything. Keep playing with the ball because you have some serious fans who would love to cheer for you again and again. Keep playing because you owe it to yourself. Keep playing when nobody expects you to because you look alive when you do so.

I hope you never lose this happiness which you have found because there are many others who are still struggling, trying to sort out things even when they have everything. The pure happiness which I see in your face when you play football, I am grateful for it. More power to you Mahto!!

Yours truly,

A SSPF member

SSPF Announces India’s Largest Grassroots School Tournament Schools India Cup 2017: Om Pathak

April 23, 2017: SSPF today announces India’s largest grassroots school sports tournament SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017 in 5 different sports. In its 2nd season SSPF is all set to go ahead with three new sports i.e. Volleyball, Basketball, Athletics along with Cricket and Football. This is for the first time that a sports competition or tournament is being organized on a national level.

As compared to the 1st season the number of schools participating this year is almost double which is near 4 thousand schools from different states and districts of the country.  To encourage such participation of schools and children SSPF came up with a National tournament of every sport under its National Talent Search and Nurture Program.

“We are committed to serve the nation and sports is one of the medium where we need to emphasis so that we can bring glory to the country on International sports arena.” Said SSPF chairman Om Pathak. “We are proud to announce a nationwide sports tournament Schools India Cup to be played in 5 different sports under SSPF.” He said.

Former India Football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia is excited with this program-” It is a kind of program which is designed to give exposure to the real talent at grassroots at the right time and in right manner.” He said

In a very short span of one year, SSPF has expanded individual sports and received the honor of National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Now, Schools India Cup is the largest tournament across the country which will further add integrity to this program by opening avenues of opportunities of recognition to the participating school children in education and career

Former Indian Footballer Renedy Singh who is associated with SSPF as a secretary of SSPF National Football Council said “conducting such kind to structured sports tournament across the country will further strengthen the commitment of SSPF to produce more young talents who will represent India on International platform”.

The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in two phases this year- January & April 2017. In the first phase districts which have completed 8 or more school teams have played. Rest of the districts will play in the second phase of the tournament will start by the end of the April 2017 in all the above mentioned 5 sports.