SSE Champions League Day 1: Round-up

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Soccer School of Excellence (SSE), a football academy who has made their name familiar with the development of grassroots programs in and around Mumbai over the last 7 years with its immense contribution towards the development of youth football. SSE trains over 1000 players every week at 29 different centres and schools in Mumbai. The academy has set up a league tournament 6 years running for the young kids to promote grassroots programs in the city. The SSE Champions League, their flagship Junior tournament has been kicked-off on 13th November 2016 at Karnatak Sports Association (KSA) Ground.

SSE CL‘s rules are quite unique and progressive which is designed to give players equal playing time and rotation in different positions. You can read the rest of the rules and format, here: http://www.sseunited.com/scl/sse-cl-rules.php

More importantly, every season SSE educates the kid’s parents on league etiquette and psychology with points which they should follow. A Few of points that they are advised to speak to kids before the match:

  • Every match is an opportunity for you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Don’t forget to have FUN! It’s more important than winning or losing for now.
  • Take a few deep breaths if you feel nervous before the game.Here is the Round-up of Day 1:

Under 8 – The U8 category went underway with Beaumonde FC and Purple Hand FC facing each other at Karnatak Sports Association (KSA) Ground. Beaumonde registered an easy 6-0 victory to start their campaign on a positive note. Both the sides on a brighter note played brilliantly. The hunger for win, grit, and passion were visible in their eyes. Although in their second game, Beaumonde FC suffered a 9-0 loss at the hands of Footfun FA Blue. What can be called as a twist in the tale, Footfun FA Blue also suffered a loss when they went down 5-1 against Footfun FA Red, who also defeated Bravehearts FC 4-1.

Purple Hand FC went on to lose their second game as well after Ronaldo FC defeated them 6-0. Footfun FA Red is the only team in the group to win both their matches and are sitting at the top of the Under-8 Group with six points. Footfun FA Blue, Ronaldo FC, Beaumonde FC, and Bravehearts FC all are tied with three points each.

Under 10 – A total of ten teams are competing for the title in the Under-10 category. In the first match, Footfun FA Red overcame Messi FC when they won 9-1 to open their points tally on the points table. Footfun FA Red won their next game too after sailing past Beaumonde FC 6-0. With two wins in two games, they are comfortably sitting at the top of the U-10 category. Apart from Footfun FA Red, even American School of Bombay -1, Footfun FA Blue, and Mighty Minions have won their both games.

Gareth Bale FC lost their first game 2-1 at the hands of Mighty Minions but went on to rout Ronaldo FC 11-0 in their second game. The group looks very close as the top four currently looks all set to fight for the top spot.

Under 12 – League 1 – Six matches took place in the Under 12 category. Footfun FA Red won both their games, defeating All Stars and CCI FC 1-0 and 4-0 respectively to go at the top of the table. SSE Lions is currently in the second position after registering one win and one draw (6-3 win against CCI FC and a 2-2 draw against Bravehearts FC).

All Stars won their opening game against SSE Cheetahs 1-0 and lost their second game 1-0 at the hands of Footfun FA Red. They are third in the table followed by Bravehearts FC, SSE Cheetahs, and CCI FC.

Under 12 – League 2 – In the league 2 of the U-12 category, some of the fine matches of Day 1 was played in this group. Chargers XE won their both games, winning 3-0 and 1-0 against SSE Panthers and Footfun FA Blue respectively.

Ronaldo FC also ran out as winners in both their games. They defeated Neymar FC 6-2 and American School of Bombay 3-2 to go top of the table. SSE Panthers registered the biggest win of the group when they defeated Neymar FC 8-0.

Under 14 – Bravehearts FC are leading the table with two wins in a row, winning 4-1 and 4-2 against SSE Dragons and SSE Cobras respectively. BDSIS Elite has also won both their games after defeating Messi FC and BDSIS Orange with ease. SSE Dragons, BDSIS Black, BDSIS Orange, and SSE Cobras are tied with three points in two games. Whereas, Hashtag FC and Messi FC are yet to open their points tally after losing both their games.

Under 16 – A total of six matches was played in the Under 16 category on the first day of SSE Champions League. SSE Lions and SSE Tigers are first and second in the table with four points in two games. SSE Lions drew their first game 2-2 against Beast FC and won 3-1 against Bravehearts FC – 1 to go top of the table.

Whereas, SSE Tigers defeated Bravehearts FC – (2) 3-2 in their opening match and drew their next game 3-3 against Beast FC. Bravehearts FC – 2 are at third who are followed by BDSIS, Beast FC, and Bravehearts – 1.

The 3rd and 4th match of the league takes place on November 20th, 2016 at the KSA Grounds.

To see the photo albums of the first day, visit SSE’s Facebook page here: https://goo.gl/YwTmOu

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