Premier Futsal is India’s first ever notable gig in the game of football. Headed by Indian entrepreneurs, this league is multinational and is thriving under the entity Premier Futsal Management. Founding members/entrepreneurs of this league are Abhinandan Balasubramanian, Nithyasree Subban and Dinesh Raj. The supporting members are Xavier Britto and his better half Vimala Britto. Premier Futsal has attracted a lot of glamor with the associations of Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador and the two times Academy awards winner A.R. Rahman creating the song “Naam hai Futsal” for the event.
The game format is that like a shorter football version which has two halves of 20 minutes. The game will be governed by Futsal Association of India (FAI) with the international governing body’s accreditation Asociacion Mundial de Futsal (AMF).
This league which is based on a franchise is set to take place in Goa and Chennai from 15 to 24 July. The league aims at revolutionizing the way football is received internationally and also evolve the sport in the country.
Premier Futsal is looking forward to bring the best 72 players of this format from across the world in the nation. This will help in developing the popularity of the game. According to the instructions each team will have three international Futsal football players, one international marquee football player and one Indian player. The squad size will be of twelve players.
The league went through eight cities of the country to find Indian players for the teams. After the auditions from 2500 participants from each city, five players per team have been shortlisted.
The best Futsal player of the world Alessandro Rosa Vieira has been signed in for the game. Many fans have already roped in, just from his involvement. On May 12 2016 Virat Kohli along with Alessandro (nickname Falcao) launched the auditioning through an international talent hunt to select 40 players who will represent the respective teams of the cities.
The cities who are launching their teams this season are:
- Kochi and
The rights of broadcasting of the Premier Futsal have been acquired by Sony Picture Networks India, where the channels Sony Six, Sony ESPN and Sony Aath. Live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.
The people who follow football with their soul and heart but don’t have enough people to resonate their feel in the country, might have found milestone in the form of this Futsal league.