Pune : Over three hundred players will be seen in action in the fifth edition of the City Premier League (CPL) Intra-Club 7-A-Side football tournament at the City Sports Arena, Moshi, which will commence on Sunday, January 8.
The tournament organized by the City FC Pune, a football-club owned by Sports Foundation Pune, will be conducted across five-age groups; Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-5 and Above 15 years.
The format of the tournament will be ‘league-cum-knockout’, with each age-group comprising four teams each and importantly teams playing three matches compulsorily.
The unique feature of the tournament is that matches will be held over four weekends (Saturday and Sunday only), which includes the inauguration (beginning Sunday) and finals that have been scheduled for January 26.
A total of six match-days namely, January 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 26th have been earmarked for the tournament.
The idea behind playing on weekends is to ensure a full quorum and a balance between school and the tournament-proper. Moreover, to ensure every child in the academy plays his part in the formative years via a competitive environment.
The tournament will be declared open by Namdev Shirgonkar, Secretary General – Maharashtra Olympic Association in the presence of Mrs. Bharti Bhagwani, Director – GGIS and Mandar Tamhane, CEO – JSW Bengaluru Football Club Pvt. Ltd.