Stairs school football league makes way into Uttar Pradesh

"We will initially operate in two regions - Gorakhpur and Varanasi - which will consist of eights districts of Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Deoria, Kushinagar and Gorakhpur," said the founder of the league, Siddhartha Upadhyay.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 4, 2017 5:56 pm
Stairs School Football League, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh, sports news The objective of SSFL-Uttar Pradesh is to identify, support and nurture football talent in the most populous state of India. (Source: File)

The talent-scouting Stairs School Football League (SSFL) was today launched in Varanasi in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh.

The objective of SSFL-Uttar Pradesh is to identify, support and nurture football talent in the most populous state of India. “We will initially operate in two regions – Gorakhpur and Varanasi – which will consist of eights districts of Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Deoria, Kushinagar and Gorakhpur,” said founder and secretary general of STAIRS, Siddhartha Upadhyay.

In the first phase, 160 teams of under-17 age group from these two regions will compete. In phase II, the winner teams will compete representing their respective districts.

Last year, under the aegis of Uflex SSFL-3 held in Gujarat and Delhi, more than 35,000 children from 2,000 schools competed in 4,000 matches. Former Sri Lankan explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was the brand ambassador of the FIFA-format tournament.

“We feel inspired and excited to launch the Uflex SSFL in Varanasi. We are pleased to work with Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh to encourage sports among youth and children,” Upadhyay said.

General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh, Mohd. Shamsuddin, said, “We are glad to be associated with SSFL as this will provide valuable opportunities to youth and children at the grassroots level.”

The SSFL aims to become one of the most important sporting events and ‘talent spotting’ platform in the country.

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App

    Express Adda
    Live Cricket Scores & Results
    Pro Kabaddi League 2017 - Points Table
    No.
    Team
    P
    W
    L
    D
    Pts

    Pro Kabaddi League 2017 - Schedule
    Sep 19, 201721:00 IST
    Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ranchi
    36
    Zone B - Match 85
    FT
    32
    Patna Pirates beat Bengaluru Bulls (36-32)
    Sep 20, 201720:00 IST
    Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ranchi
    0
    VS
    0
    Zone A - Match 52
    Sep 20, 201721:00 IST
    Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ranchi
    VS
    Zone B - Match 86