Eight teams to battle it out in the 2nd Women’s League

“You can do two best things, either you do it right or do it wrong but the worst part is doing nothing at all”, and the Goa Football Association along with the Vedanta group have done the right thing with their collective vision of getting the women empowerment on the football scene in Goa which has showed signs of prosperity with the success of the first edition of the Women’s league said the GFA president, Elvis Gomes while speaking at the launch of the 2nd Vedanta Women’s Football League 2018-19 which will kick-off on August 14 with a total of eight teams participating in the event.

The second edition is a product of the success of the first edition and promises to be a bigger one and with years to follow the league might even surpass the men’s league added Gomes. Gomes also stated that “things have to grow gradually and cannot be kept stagnant and the all the issues related to the game have to be solved by getting all the organisational bodies on the same page as the culture of football in the state is robust.”

Addressing the gathering, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Pramod Sawant said that, keeping in mind the tagline of the theme song ‘Mukhar Chol Chedva’ the girls should strive forward to achieve the success on a higher platform. “The success of the first edition can be seen with Karishma Shirvoikar who played for Panjim Dolphins in the first edition went on to represent India at the U-17 level and in the long run this league can produce more talented players like Karishma.” Sawant also promised that all the issues related with the game in the state will be resolved once the CM is back.

President of the Sesa Football Academy, Annanya Agarwal said that “this project is very much close to my heart and reconstructing the football scene in Goa is my first priority and also build up these young women footballers into professional players and instill good values among them.” Agarwal also added that from this season onwards each team will be having one woman official in the leadership role and will help to connect in a better way with the women footballers.

Also on the occasion, the leading goal scorer of the first edition of the league, Karishma Shirvoikar who donned the India colors at the recently held U-17 BRICS tournament in South Africa was felicitated.

The second edition will see a total number of eight teams with FC Goa, Churchill Brothers SC and Ambelim Sports Club joining the teams from the last edition. The league will be played in a ‘double league format’ over a period of 4 months and the matches will be played on 4 venues– Duler, Cuncolim, Ambelim, and Sirsaim.

A total of 160 women players will participate in the league this year. The winners will be awarded Rs 80,000 while the runners-up will bag Rs 50,000. The third place winners will take home Rs 30,000. The individual prizes include -- Golden ball, golden boot and most promising player.

Teams playing in the league– Albert Developers, Sporting Club de Goa, Panjim Footballers, FC Goa, Churchill Brothers SC, Ambelim Sports Club, Goa Velha SC and Cuncolim Union.