Indian Super League franchise Odisha FC have announced the launch of the AIFF approved Sai-Odisha FC Golden Baby League starting today in Bhubaneswar. The matches are being played at the Sai International School in Bhubaneswar and will continue for the next two months.
Founder and chairman of Sai International School Dr. Bijay Kumar Sahoo, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary (IAS) and Head of Football Development Odisha FC Aakash Narula graced the launch event of the league on Tuesday, December 24. Grassroots Manager of Odisha FC Sayantan Ganguly and Assistant Grassroots Manager Suvam Das were present at the event along with Grassroots Coaches Mahabir Nath and Sourav Virdi.
Around 250 budding footballers of the school in the Under-7, U-9 and U-11 categories have enrolled for the competition. There will be eight teams in each category and each team will play 28 matches over a period of the next two months.
Speaking about the launch of the Baby League programme, Odisha FC Head of Football Development Aakash Narula said, “Through our partnership with Sai International School we envision to give professional and competitive football to as many students as possible, thanks to the AIFF Golden Baby League. This is a historic moment for Bhubaneswar and Odisha, with the first baby league activated in the state and helping us nurture the students to become great footballers and better human beings.”