- More than 100 girls from local schools and non-governmental organizations in Goa to celebrate#IWD2020
- Current and former India women’s national team stars inspire young players
- “Women’s football in India the rise”:Ashalata Devi
In a unique moment in the history of Indian football, three generations of Indian women football players gathered in the Bennet in the grounds in Goa on Sunday to celebrate International Women’s day on 8 March.
At the event organized by the Local Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup India 2020™, current and former players see the inspiring the future. Former India women’s team captain and Padma Shri Bembem Devi, and is currently the captain Ashalata Devi were among those with the India U-17 women’s squad and more than 100 girls from schools and non-governmental organizations around the Goa.
Bembem de peacekeeping Ashalata Devi also share their experience with the U-17 team who are likely to be one of the first Indian women players to participate in football Championships, as well as with other attendees.
“It is very encouraging to see everyone here to celebrate International Women’s day and Indian women’s football. It is clear and very encouraging game has been on the rise since I started playing. I believe that the entire country will unite and support the team in November when they need the field, then they will prove to be inspiration for the next set of children they would choose to take the game. The future certainly looks bright for women’s football in the country,”Ashalata Devi.
A highlight of this day is to see Precious Dede, India’s U-17 goalkeeping coach and four-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participants Nigeria, giving a goalkeeping master class to participate in school and non-governmental organizations children.
LOC race Director Roma Khanna said:”with India hosting the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup later this year, we hope that girls see what it takes to be a professional football player. Glad to see so many young faces on the football field, you can see that they enjoy themselves. I hope we have managed to inspire them to rarely take a football professional. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask parents to encourage their children to take up football, they can continue to represent their country at the FIFA World Cup!”
FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup in India in 2020 will be at Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Mumbai. The game will be on 2 December and the final will be held May 21.