As the nation is gearing up for FIFA under-17 World Cup that is going to be held in October and prior to the world cup, states are getting ready to hold Oorja 2017 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Under-19 football tournament on the instructions of Union ministry of home affairs.
The city will be hosting the tournament that will be organised by Border Security Force (BSF). BSF will be organising the tournament in Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andaman and Nicobar Island.
Prior to FIFA, a talent hunt is being organised to create fervour for football among the youth. In the talent hunt players will be selected to represent the country in Asian Championship and to recruit players for CAPF.
Earlier, the name of the tournament was Prime Minister’s football tournament- Under 19 but later on it was changed to Oorja 2017.
BSF officials said, “FIFA is the dream project of Prime Minister and he wants it to act as a catalyst of change for football in the country, which can only be only done by creating a mass moment around it.”
“The objective of the tournament is to provide opportunity for youths to play football. The state police and Central Para Military Forces have been asked to organise competitions with an active engagement of young students,” said BSF official.
The tournament will start on May 5 and culminate on May 14 at Ashwini Stadium in BSF headquarters. Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh will be present during the last day of the event.
Teams from Punjab
Eight teams of girls and boys from Punjab will be participating in the event. Boys team participating in the event include Government Sr Secondary School Mahilpur, Sr Sec School Paldi, Dawindra International Public School, Dalbir Academy Patiala. The other teams taking part are from Punjab State Institute of Sports, YFC Academy Rurka Club, Ghuman Kala School Gurdaspur and High School Badon Hoshiarpur. Girls team include participants from Capital Small Finance Bank Jalandhar, HMV Football College, Coaching Centre Bahadurgarh (Patiala), Kamla Nehru School CBSE (Phagwara), Mansa Government School Football Academy, Amritsar Football Academy, Paldi Football Academy (Hoshiarpur) and Dhand Football Academy.
Selected team to participate in Asian championship
Out of the 16 teams that are participating, one team will be formed for girls and boys who will then represent Punjab at the next level.
“The tournament will be held in three phases, the players of the team who will perform well till the last game will get a chance to play in U-19 Asian championship,” informed Suraj Bhan Handa, coach of the football team at BSF.