Calcutta: With the aim of giving Bengal football a leg-up, the IFA has decided to launch four new tournaments in the near future.
The tournaments — Bengal state league, a veterans’ meet, an inter-school meet and the inter-corporate futsal meet are likely to kick off in this season.
Revealing this, IFA secretary Subrata Dutta said: “Our biggest and most ambitious project is the state league. We plan to start the tournament in the first week of November itself.”
The secretary felt this would help spot more talented players from the districts. He said 20 districts have confirmed participation and the groups have already been drawn. The teams will be divided into six groups and there will approximately be 42 games, in the home-and-away basis.
The champions’ purse will be Rs 1 lakh while the runner-up will bag Rs 50,000. The semi-final losers will get Rs 25,000 each while the winner of each match will bag Rs 3,000.
The inter-school meet will be organised in association with the West Bengal Sports Association. Sixty-four teams will be divided into eight groups with 16 qualifying for the knock-out stage. “The champion school will be sent abroad at our cost for an exposure trip,” Dutta added.
For a taste of some vintage football, the IFA has also decided to host a veterans’ tournament in association with the Veterans’ Sports Club.
The fourth tournament mooted is the five-a-side inter-corporate futsal meet.
STATE LEAGUE GROUPS
Gr. A: Darjeeling, Siliguri, North Dinajpur, Malda. Gr. B: Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, South Dinajpur. Gr. C: Hooghly, Murshidabad, Birbhum, Burdwan. Gr. D: Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas. Gr. E: Manbhum, Bankura, Midnapore. Gr. F: Howrah, Purba Midnapur, Chandernagore.