Riyadh’s King Fahd Worldwide Stadium To Host Santosh Trophy Semi-finals, Closing | Soccer Information


The semifinals and ultimate of the Nationwide Soccer Championship for the Santosh Trophy will probably be held between March 1 and 4 on the King Fahd Worldwide Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the nationwide federation introduced on Thursday. All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) secretary normal Shaji Prabhakaran instructed a press convention right here that the dates have been fastened after session with their Saudi Arabian counterparts. “This is a great moment for Indian football, as the four states that make it to the semifinals will get to fight for the Santosh Trophy title in Saudi Arabia,” Prabhakaran mentioned.

He identified that the motivation to play in Saudi Arabia would make the Santosh Trophy ultimate spherical, starting right here on Friday, an much more attention-grabbing and aggressive occasion.

“The battle for the last four is likely to be an intense one, and we all hope that the fight will go down to the wire to book a spot on the international stage, which will be the first time since 1941, when the Santosh Trophy was launched as a six-venue tournament with the final being played in Kolkata,” mentioned Prabhakaran.

“The Santosh Trophy is central to our plans in development of football across the country, as we look to improve the conditions for all our State FAs to make bigger contributions in taking Indian football forward.

“Serving to out Member Associations is central to our plans for long run progress, as we now have charted out final month in Imaginative and prescient 2047, and these are simply child steps in the direction of a a lot bigger aim.” Prabhakaran also spoke at length about the development of football across the country, something that has been presented by the national federation in the Vision 2047 document earlier this year.

In the final rounds of the Santosh Trophy, 12 teams have been divided into two groups of six each. The teams will play each other in a round robin format in the group. The top two teams from each group will become the first teams in the Santosh Trophy to play on foreign soil, once they move to Riyadh for the semifinals and final.

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