Jamshedpur, May 24: Football enthusiasts of Jamshedpur can look forward to an exciting treat next month.
Jamshedpur Sporting Association Football League, a popular tournament in the eastern zone, will kick-off at multiple venues across the steel city on June 10.
The JSA soccer tournament usually starts in mid-May, but the scorching heat forced the authorities to postpone it this year.
Functionaries from the state soccer outfit said they expected the weather to improve soon.
“We are sure the weather would take a turn for the better in the first week of June. So, we have decided to hold the league from June 10,” said Ramesh Mehta, chairman of the JSA football committee.
He added that the tournament would stretch till mid-August.
The matches will be played at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Keenan Stadium, Armoury Ground and Gopal Maidan. The venues will be decked up for the tournament in the coming days.
As many as 36 local outfits will compete in three separate categories of the tournament.
While 10 teams each will play in the Premier and Super divisions, 16 will vie for the top honours in A division.
Currently, the qualifying rounds for the meet are underway at Gopal Maidan. “Four teams are vying to qualify for slots in the A division through their performance in the qualifiers,” a JSA functionary said.
The JSA tournament is known to be great platform for entry into state outfits and teams of Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tinplate, Gram Vikas Kendra, Tata Football Academy.
“The JSA soccer league is a popular tournament and we are looking forward to conducting it in an efficient manner. Fixtures will be announced shortly,” an office bearer said.
The JSA has already conducted a fitness test for the referees who will officiate during the soccer meet.