“U-17 World Cup Contributed Immensely In The Growth Of Indian football”- Bhaichung Bhutia

FIFA Under- 17 World Cup is all set for the final showdown of England Vs Spain. On the eve of this D-Day, legendary Indian footballer and SSPF Football Council Chirman Bhaichung Bhutia shares his views on Football and its future in India.

How FIFA U- 17 World Cup will be useful for football promotion in India?

U- 17 World Cup has already help Indian football. There has been huge growth in Indian grassroots football. All India Football Federation has focus already been working hard for grassroot football. Today we have more than 100 academies in India. It is the most played sport below 14 year in India today. I have not only seen them following European football or FIFA World Cup, but also in domestic tournaments like Indian Super League and I-League. This is a big opportunity to create a football revolution in India. This, by far, can create the awareness, buzz or hype around football that every child will desire to be a footballer.

How initiatives like SSPF will change the face of grassroots football in the country?

In order to promote football or any other sport, we need to strengthen our grassroots structure and to reach out to the masses. This is the best way for talent hunt. With pan India approach and strong digital nexus, SSPF has both qualities to work for the betterment and promotion of sports. We need to understand that there are many budding talents at school level who don’t know their talent. Initiatives like this provide the ideal platform to these kids to showcase their talent and realize that they can pursue their sports hobby as a profession.

How you will be instrumental with SSPF?

Football is my first love. With SSPF, I am representing my passion for football by connecting to schools across the country and motivate children to play the sport. With the kind of experience I have, children can take benefit from me to resolve their problems on fields, can guide them improving their game or in any other possible way they want. I strongly believe that we need to strengthen our roots in schools in order to build a bright future of India in sports arena. With the help of institutions like SSPF we can achieve this with a better approach and reach.

Girls’ football is getting boost in the country. How SSPF will nurture that?

We are looking at introducing this in the coming season

Your message to the kids about developing their football career?

Today children have very vast exposure and easy access to facilities around. I still remember my school days when we had the passion to play the game but we were not so blessed to have such good facilities, which these kids have. Today, kids have best of the equipment, coaching, training available everywhere. I really wish that children make the most of these facilities and groom themselves as a better person and a sportsman.

Your message to the parents as the key player in shaping kids’ sports future.

Child’s first teacher/coach is his/her parents. Parents play an important role a child’s life to shape his future as well as his personality. Same goes with sports as it teaches you the values of life. Parents should encourage their child to play any sport they want as it not only make them more active and fit but also prepare  them for the challenges in future. In today’s scenario, sports can also be a bright future. So one should encourage every child to play his/her favorite sport and try to excel in that.

 

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:-

Agility
Reflex
Footwork
Collection
Reading and understanding the game
Organizing the team
Communication
Diving technique
Catching technique
Punching technique
Ball control with feet
Right Timing
Vertical leap height
Reach

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.

GEOMETRY OF A FULL SIZE SOCCER GOAL

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.)

CONCLUSION

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.

TIPS

• 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!

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.

“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”.

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.

Regards

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.

SSPF National Football Team 2016 Beat Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools By 2-0 In A Thriller

Palam Vihar, April 23: SSPF XI secured a smashing victory over BBFS XI to win the exhibition match between SSPF National Football team 2016 and Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools. SSPF team outwitted BBFS by 2-0 to win the CHAMPIONS FOOTBALL MATCH, held at DPSG Palam Vihar School. This thrilling match was conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.

To make it a nail biting match, Bhaichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh also hit the field. Bhaichung played from BBFS team whereas Renedy represented SSPF on field in the match. It was amazing to see both teams lined up in the center with two of the celebrity players leading their respective sides.

In a power packed ground the match started with a whistle of the referee. After a long drawn midfield battle which SSPF XI controlled with a sensible approach, Midfielder  and captain Raj Kishore Mahto (Jharkhand) beat a diving BBFS XI goalkeeper with a superbly timed right footer. With this superb goal in the 26th minute of the match, SSPF XI had a lead of 1-0 in the match.

Everyone was preparing for a grinding battle in the second half the match as BBFS XI was all set to attack to even the score but SSPF XI defended very well till the last. In the 51st minute of the game SSPF again break in BBFS XI’s defense and made it unbeatable 2-0 by mid-fielder Shubham Sangwan (Telangana).

After full time, SSPF XI announced winner by 2-0 against BBFS XI in this champions match. School Sports Promotion Foundation Chairman Mr. Om Pathak and its Treasurer Mr. Anshul Pathak presented the medals and trophies.

BBFS XI– Pavan Yadav, Aryaman Ladha, Shivam Maan, Shivansh Anand, Yarmi Woleng, Ansh Chauhan, Madhusudan Sharma, Divas Shukla, Mukul Gehlot, Siddhant Sharma, Abhishek Sansanwal, Pradyuman, Ankur Bargoti, Puneet Prakash, Vishal Bhardwaj, Trijat, Arka Jyoti Majumdar, Nirmal Kumar, Siddhant Rao.

SSPF XI– Abdullah Rangrez, Samir Thapa, Shardul Gusain, Anmol Soni, Abhishek Aggarwal, Raj Kishore Mahto (C), Jitendra Manjhi, Chote Lal Mahto, Jitendra Mahto, Sameer Kiro, Aleef Rahman Mollah, Sameer Seshadri, Rajat Rathi, Ashu Singh, Mohammed Sohel Mansuri, Rajat Singh, Shubham Sangwan.

School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)

School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)
School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)

Big shout-out to all the Football lovers!!!

The feeling of watching a football game brings in a lot of anticipation whether your favorite team will make or break your day. It is all about the last minute goals, crazy and majestic skills, and also fans singing their favorite teams name as if in a choir, with a loud cheer and pure joy. Football is one game that brings out the right intensity of a game.

This month our very own superstars, SSPF National Team 2016 will be playing against Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools team, at the grounds of DPSG, I Block Palam Vihar.

Come and join us and witness the thrilling and nail-biting match that will take place on 23rd April 2017.

1st Phase Of Cluster Football Tournament In Jaipur District (Rajasthan) Concluded Successfully

In its second season, SSPF successfully made its mark in the western part of the country. Under the title of Schools India Cup, first phase of cluster level football tournament completed in Jaipur district, Rajasthan with four prestigious participating schools – 

  • Defence Public School 
  • Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School
  • Subodh Public School
  • V.B. Vidyashram 

Amongst these schools, two schools i.e. Subodh Public School and B.V. B. Vidyasharam are with SSPF since first season whereas other two schools are the new member of SSPF family. In total 6 matches played, we have witnessed many budding talents battling out for win.

Match 1- Defence Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Defence Public School 

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 3 goals

Match 2- Subodh Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Subodh Public School

MOM- Arpit Sharma

Goal- 1 goal

Match 3- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 3, assisted 1

Match 4- Subodh Public School Vs Defence Public School

School Won- Defence Public School

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 1

Match 5- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Defence Public School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 1

Match 6- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Suboddh Public School

MOM- Manan Patni

School- B.V.B. Vidyashram

Goal- 1

Now, very soon SSPF is all set to start the second phase of cluster level tournament in football as well as all other 4 sports.