Telongjem FC look to utilise experiences to promote Futsal in Nagaland

welcome Telongjem FC, Champions of the State Futsal Championship who have qualified for the maiden edition of the Hero Futsal Club Championship.

Speak of Nagaland football and the first impression that hits everyone is that of India’s first International captain – the late Talimeren Ao, who was a doctor by profession. But since then, no club from the state has been able to qualify for an AIFF Club tournament. That jinx has now been broken – welcome Telongjem FC, Champions of the State Futsal Championship who have qualified for the maiden edition of the Hero Futsal Club Championship.

Coach Tia feels this might play the role of a “perfect catalyst” to promote the game across the state. “This Championship has been a huge platform which teams all over the country want to get to, and we are already here. We will go back home, and promote and develop the ‘beautiful game’ once we are back to Nagaland,” Tia sounds optimistic.

Although Telongjem had to endure steep challenges against Delhi FC and 7 Wasa United Sport & Cultural Club in their first two outings, Tia looks up to the positive aspects of the participation — the first-ever representation of the State in a National Club Championship – a significant move that can corroborate the fact that Indian Football is indeed moving forward together.

“This is the first time we qualified in an AIFF-conducted tournament on a national level. The learning experiences are tremendous. Right from getting on board, getting used to the CRS and CMS software, running the system so professionally — in a nutshell, we’re going back richer,” he expressed.

“We might have not had fair results on the field, but it is only here that we found out about the professional aspects of a match organisation – the countdown, the march-in, etc. Till now, we just knew to play,” he smiled.

On being asked about the futsal ecosystem in the state, he mentioned that this shorter version of the game is immensely popular in the state.

In Nagaland, when a local futsal tournament is organized for 2-3 days, 40-50 clubs turn up, that too in almost every second fortnight. It’s not only for men, but even girls are also very enthusiastic and passionate about futsal. Supporters do come to the ground to cheer for their favourite team, friends and relatives who are playing. It’s picking up slowly, but steadily,” he informed.

“We won the State Futsal Club Championship in September last year to qualify for the Hero Futsal Club Championship. Each district had two slots and the competition was really tough,” the coach mentioned.

Like other coaches, Tia also highlighted the pacy nature of futsal, which, in turn, helps a player make a quick decision and sharpen his passing and dribbling skills.

“Football is an elaborate exercise and demanding, whereas futsal is quicker where you have to play intelligently. Dribbling and passing are very important aspects of football. If one picks up these traits through futsal, the individual can be a better football player in time. These are very much interrelated that way.”

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: Indian to play Brazil, Chile, Venezuela in Manaus

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on Mumbai & Indian Football

MSP Academy is holding trials for the upcoming MFA Youth League

MFA Super Division club Mumbai Soccer Prodigies will be conducting trials for their MFA Youth League campaign on 22nd May 2022 in Bandra, Mumbai. Founded in 2006, the Mumbai Soccer…

Share

Football School of India to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based Football School of India is going to conduct youth trials for its boys and girls squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-13…

Share

Bengaluru FC Elite Youth Football Trials

Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and are past champions of the I-League and ISL. The club has launched its Soccer…

Share

D’Souza Football Academy to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based D’Souza Football Academy is going to conduct football scholarship trials for its youth squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-7 to under-15….

Share

Oscar SSE to conduct trials for Youth I-League in U13, U15&U18 category in Mumbai

OSCAR SSE, an AIFF Accredited Academy invites all  U13, U15 & U18  players from ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC  backgrounds for football trials to join our Elite teams to train round the year…

Share

Air India to conduct senior team trials for MFA Elite League on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Senior Team to play the MFA Elite (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India…

Share

Air India to hold youth team trials on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Youth Team for the MFA Super (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India will…

Share

Bhaichung Bhutia’s Residential Academy set to conduct trials in Mumbai

16th March, 2022: Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS) will conduct Residential Academy trials in Maharashtra for the academic year 2022-23.  In the next few months, the trials will be organized…

Share

Bombay Muslims Sports Club to conduct trials for its Elite Division Team

Mumbai-based Bombay Muslims Sports Club will conduct trials for its Elite Men’s team for the upcoming MFA Elite League. Bombay Muslims have been a regular outfit in Mumbai Football top…

Share

Mumbai Elite Division club Salsette FC to hold trials

Thane-based Salsette FC will be conducting football Trials this Saturday for their upcoming MFA Elite Division 2021-22 Campaign. Salsette FC had been playing in Super Division back in the 2016-17…

Share