On the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8 every year, Goa Football Association (GFA) organised a day-long Women’s Football Festival celebrating “Women in Football” at Duler Stadium in Mapusa.
The programme was organised to recognise, celebrate and promote the development of women’s football. The programme was held in alignment with the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) commitment to the development of the beautiful game among women, and supports the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) celebration of the International Women’s Day across Asia on March 8, 2015.
Various competitions in football like 6-a-side football matches, tie-breakers, shooting the target, juggling were held and saw enthusiastic participation from all the women present.
The Goa Football Association honored Vijayadevi Rane, the first ever President of the Women’s Football Association of Goa, Clara Gonsalves e Fernandes, the first ever Secretary of the Women’s Football Association of Goa and Pearl Viegas for her contribution to promoting the game among women. Mementos and plaques were presented to the dignitaries in appreciation of their contribution to women’s football.
Elvis Gomes, President, GFA, recounted the glory days of women’s football in Goa and reiterated GFA’s commitment to developing the game among women. The programme was attended by Mona Walgren, a key member of the Swedish selection that played a series of matches across India against the Indian team in the late 1970s. Juliana Gurjao e Colaco, Chairperson, GFA Women’s Football Sub-Committee along with other members Victor Gonsalves, Osvaldo D’Costa and Vera Pires were present on the occasion.