New Delhi. The 62nd edition of the prestigious Subroto Cup international football tournament is starting today from September 19, 2023, in which the matches of the First Junior Girls (Under 17) category will start first. Will be.
Air Marshal R.K. Anand VSM, Air Officer-in-Charge, Administration and Vice President, Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society (SMSES) of the national capital, Dr B.R. Will be the chief guest at the grand inauguration ceremony organized at Ambedkar Stadium. The guest of honor at the event will be renowned television personality and actor Rannvijay Singh.
After the opening ceremony, Group E will be played between Government Bethlehem Vengthlong Middle School-2 of Mizoram and Tripura Sports School of Badarghat from 4.50 pm. Also, for the first time in the girls category, a school from Jammu and Kashmir, DNRM Government Higher Secondary School, Poonch, will participate in the tournament. Will be one of the 33 girls teams representing the Union Territory that will create history.
The 62nd Subroto Cup will be telecast live on Sportscast India YouTube channel. Highlights can also be seen on Prasar Bharati and AIFF YouTube channels.
In the morning, another Group E match will see Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj, Delhi face Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand at the Tejas Football Ground. This will be the opening game of this year’s edition and its kick-off will be at 8.00 am as per the scheduled time. Girls group games will be of 30 minutes duration for each of the two halves.
The inaugural ceremony will commence with a spectacular parade display by the Air Warrior Drill Team of the Indian Air Force, followed by a colorful cultural performance by the school children of Air Force Bal Bharti School.
A total of 33 teams are in the field in the junior girls category, divided into eight groups, including Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Pratisthan (BKSP), which will add an international touch to the tournament. The winners of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The group stage matches will start from tomorrow and will end on 23rd of this month. The quarter-finals will be played on 24 September and the semi-finals will be played the next day. The final of the girls category will be held on September 26 at Ambedkar Stadium.
Defending champions, St. Patrick’s High School, Gumla, Jharkhand will start with the aim of defending their title in Group F when they take on Air Force Bal Bharti School, New Delhi at the Ambedkar Stadium on September 20, 2023.
Apart from the iconic Ambedkar Stadium, Tejas Football Ground (Delhi), Subroto Football Ground (Delhi) and G.D. Goenka School (Gurugram) grounds will be the venue of the event in Delhi/NCR region.
The Subroto Cup, organized by the Indian Air Force (IAF) under the aegis of SMSES, was first held in 1960 and is named after Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, who conceived the idea to promote the sport at the grassroots level. Did.
A total of 108 teams will participate in three categories from 27 states and union territories (UTs) of the country. Teams from Bangladesh and Nepal will also bring foreign participation. A total of more than 180 football matches will be played in the tournament.
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