Chennai: Indian Super League outfit Chennaiyin FC is conducting the All India Football Federation (AIFF) approved Baby Leagues here in the city, which started Sunday.
According to a release, the league is organised to promote football at the grassroots level in the city and more than 750 kids from seven schools are participating across the Under-6, Under-7 and Under-8 age groups that is being conducted across four venues.
“The Baby Leagues are a fantastic initiative by the AIFF to ensure more and more kids take up the sport at a really young age, and at Chennaiyin FC it is our duty to implement that endeavour. Given our thriving grassroots structure and youth teams, we believe we possess the expertise and efficiency to implement the same in the right manner. We are excited to provide a platform that helps unearth the future stars of Indian football, especially from our beloved city and state,” said co-owner, Chennaiyin FC.Vita Dani.
The matches in the Baby Leagues are played as five-a-side and three-a-side games, with each player gaining exposure by playing a minimum of three matches. The teams will be guided by CFC-trained coaches. Participation is free of cost in the Baby Leagues and is open to both boys and girls. Every participant is registered with the AIFF at this nascent stage of their development and is nurtured going forward while also helping the likes of Chennaiyin FC as organizers in identifying local talent. Every player is also rewarded with a participation certificate from