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Blue Cubs League: Stakeholders meet to determine strategy for expansion

Published at :February 9, 2024 at 4:55 PM
Modified at :February 9, 2024 at 4:55 PM
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Since last October, 201 leagues have been registered under the programme.

In a major development in grassroots football in India, the representatives from all 36 states, football academies, ISL, I-League and IWL clubs, district associations, and other stakeholders held a meeting to discuss the Blue Cubs League pathway and strategies to drive the league’s expansion throughout the nation.

Since the launch of the Blue Cubs League, the AIFF’s flagship grassroots programme, in October last year, a total of 201 leagues have been registered under the programme, reflecting widespread interest and participation from diverse regions.

Currently, 95 leagues are actively operational in 24 states, providing a robust platform for young talent to showcase their skills and passion for the sport. Anticipating further growth, the inauguration of an additional 50 leagues within the next 30 days is projected, indicating a promising trajectory for the Blue Cubs League.

In the state of Gujarat alone, 23 districts have conducted/are conducting the Blue Cubs League, starting from December 16, 2023, and lasting until February 29, 2024. Sponsored by Adani, the league has been held for the U-5 to U-12 age category, with a minimum of eight teams in each category. About 4,200 players have participated in the Blue Cubs Leagues in Gujarat.

Developing grassroots football across the nation and creating a pathway for young enthusiasts to engage with the sport at a foundational level is one of the federation’s priorities.

The Grassroots Department extended its gratitude to all participating entities for their commendable efforts in contributing to the growth of football at the grassroots level. The collaborative spirit reflects a shared commitment to realising the vision of a thriving football culture in India.

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