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IMPHAL, June 29, 2018: With an aim to create a sports culture from an early age in a systematic manner, the All Manipur Football Association has approved FC Imphal City Academy, Konga, to conduct the Manipur Baby League 2018-19 for players between the age group of six to 12 years.
The baby league, which is the brainchild of the All India Football Federation, surfaced during the 5th International Convention on Football Business, organised by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held in New Delhi in January.
According to the guidelines, the baby league will have both boys and girls and focus on infusing the basic concepts of the game with a three-day training in a week and a league match every Sunday. The baby league has been started in a few select places in India, including Manipur.
Manipur has been picked by the AIFF and asked to forward academies recognised by federation to conduct the Manipur Baby League.
The All Manipur Football Association listed four academies including FC Imphal City, BMSC Tabungkhok, FCI Kwakeithel and Thangmeiband Athletic Uni-on.
All Manipur Football Association secretary in charge L. Jyotirmoy Roy said, "The AIFF approved FC Imphal City, Kongba, and we have learnt that one more academy is set to get approval to hold the Manipur Baby League."
He said FC Imphal City, Kongba, was rated with a second star by the AIFF during inspection on May 16.
AIFF general secretary Kaushal Das had earlier said the baby league is a player development initiative by the federation to develop technical and psychological development with respect to football which would help the future of Indian football get a proper structure.
Source, Image Courtesy: The Telegraph