Santosh Trophy knock-out stage set to be held in Saudi Arabia in February next year | Football News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In an unprecedented transfer, the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) is planning to carry the knock-out phases of the Santosh Trophy Nationwide Championships in Saudi Arabia early subsequent yr.
AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey and Secretary Normal Shaji Prabhakaran on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to “examine the chance to stage the ultimate phases of the Santosh Trophy” within the West Asian nation in February 2023″.
“The thought is to host the knock-out section of Santosh Trophy in choose cities of Saudi to encourage State stage gamers to dream huge and likewise to attach the massive Indian group in Saudi with Indian soccer and create a win-win scenario for each the Federations,” the AIFF mentioned in a launch.

“The settlement comes as a part of the efforts of SAFF and AIFF not solely to reinforce cooperation amongst key strategic companions in Asia, but additionally to supply the chance to consolidate stronger bonds by soccer and tradition between the massive Indian Communities primarily based in Saudi Arabia and Indian soccer.”
Saudi Arabian Soccer Federation (SAFF) President Yasser Al-Mishal and Normal Secretary Ibrahim Al Kassim signed the settlement from the aspect of the West Asian nation. The settlement was signed on the Saudi Arabian metropolis of Dammam.
“The settlement will permit a variety of actions, together with the availability of technological assist, the group and internet hosting of youth competitions for each women and men regularly, in addition to alternate of soccer and governance specialists.”
AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey mentioned: “It’s a exceptional growth for Indian soccer. Our goal is to create a brand new platform for Indian soccer and unfold it among the many Indian followers all the world over. My honest thank to SAFF for his or her energetic cooperation in realising our aim.”
AIFF Normal Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran mentioned: “It’s an out of the field concept that I’m positive will assist Indian soccer to create a distinct segment for itself amongst its loyal followers, who eagerly observe Indian soccer from wherever they’re.
“Our goal is to take Indian soccer ahead and discover all prospects. This transfer, we’re assured, will encourage gamers from throughout the nation to showcase their efficiency in entrance of a much bigger viewers.”


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