Fut­sal Has Noth­ing to do with Fifa, Gets World Body’s Back­ing

The Economic Times - - Sports -

The or­gan­is­ers of the Premier Fut­sal League, an­nounced on Tues­day amid much fan­fare by Por­tu­gal foot­ball leg­end Luis Figo, on Thurs­day said that it has noth­ing to do with Fifa as it has got recog­ni­tion from the world gov­ern­ing body of the sport. The game of Fut­sal, a vari­ant of as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball played five-a-side on a smaller field and mainly in­doors, has two par­al­lel world gov­ern­ing bod­ies -- As­so­cia­cion Mun­dial de Fut­sal (AMF), also known as World Fut­sal As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Fifa(In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball). The fran­chise-based Premier Fut­sal League, which will take place across eight In­dian cities from July 15 to 24, will be held un­der the aegis of AMF and not un­der Fifa. AMF vice-pres­i­dent and chief of Fut­sal As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (FIA) Namdev Shir­gaonkar said on Thurs­day that Fifa has noth­ing to do with the Premier Fut­sal. “Premier Fut­sal League is be­ing held un­der the aegis of FAI and AMF. Both AMF and FAI have given recog­ni­tion to this League. AMF is the first global gov­ern­ing body of the game of Fut­sal and has been hold­ing global tour­na­ments,” Shir­gaonkar told PTI. “They (FIFA or AIFF) are dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions, we are a dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion So there is no ques­tion of FIFA be­ing not happy with this league. Fifa or the AIFF can have their own league and we can have our own. Where is the prob­lem,” asked Shir­gaonkar.

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