All India Football Federation said on Sunday that the Premier Futsal, scheduled to begin on July 15, will create unnecessary issues and also expressed serious doubts about the survival of the tournament.
The AIFF has asked its state units to advise players under their jurisdiction not to associate with Premier Futsal. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said that no domestic footballer will take part in the unsanctioned league.
“AIFF has informed Fifa and all its stakeholders that this is an unauthorised and unofficial Futsal League since AIFF is also the governing body for Futsal in India. Such unauthorised and unofficial events can result in unnecessary issues, especially integrity issues. All our stakeholders understand that and will act accordingly. We do not need to take recourse to legal action,” Das told PTI.
“I understand from various sources that there are many issues regarding the event. I have heard from many sources that most of the players such as Deco have not been paid the signing amount and have refused to travel to India,” Das said.
He said sponsors would be wary to be associated with such events.
“Besides, I don’t know whether they have any sponsors and whether they have all the franchisees in place, which raises serious doubts about the event. This is exactly what happens to such kind of unapproved events and I really wonder why any sponsor would want to associate with such events,” he said.
Premier Futsal, a franchise-based international futsal (a form of football being played indoors on a smaller field with five players in a side for 40-minute duration) tournament and promoted by an entity formed by Indian entrepreneurs, has attracted some of the world’s best players but has struggled to convince domestic players to jump on its bandwagon.
It has Portuguese football legend Luis Figo as its president and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli as ambassador. The tournament will be governed by Futsal Association of India (FAI), a body affiliated to the world body, Asociacion Mundial de Futsal (AMF). But with Fifa, the world governing body for football, and the AIFF refusing to recognise Premier Futsal, domestic players risk suspensions if they join the league.