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NEFL: All you need to know about India’s first-ever mixed-gender futsal league

The Northeast futsal league is all set to kick-off at the NC Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam. First of its kind in India, the mixed-gender league will be contested by six teams, played across seven days starting from Sunday. Nagaland Super 5 will lock horns with Assam Titans in the opening fixture of the meet. The other teams in the competition include Meghalaya Thunders, Mizo Falcons, Apunba Manipur, and Arunachal Highlanders. 

As per the rules set, a total of 8 players are permitted in a team with a coach and a manager. One female player can be on the pitch during the play. Meanwhile, a total of 3 women and 5 men players including two International players (1 male and 1 female) can be a part of the squad. This tournament will be a revolution in the North-Eastern, a region which has taken futsal quite seriously in recent times.

First of its kind in India, the mixed-gender league will be contested by six teams

The tickets for the matches of the Northeast Futsal League are available on Playnlive.com and at the gates. The tournament is being organised by Proclivity Sports and Recreation Pvt Ltd (PSR), a start-up sports management company in Guwahati, Assam.

Let us have a look at the roster of the participating teams:

Mizoram Player List

Goalkeeper:  Zothanmawia

Defenders:  C. Lalrinsanga, Lalawmpuia (captain)

Midfielder: P.C. Lalhruaitluanga, Jessica Pastor Carreno, Jenny VL Hmangaihsangi,

Elizabeth Vanlalmawii, C. Lalruatsanga

Forwards:  Alan Lalhriatpuia, Michael Okwudili

Coach: Zosangliana Khawlhring

Manager: Lalmuanawma

Arunachal Highlanders Players List

Goalkeeper:  Hage Takang (Captain)

Midfielder:  Byabang agio, Karlo Bui, Giani Ramching Mara, Taba Sama

Defence:  Mario Navarro Penalver (coach)

Forward:  Paula Boza Gil, Langda Mina, Romik Tapa.

Manipur Players List

Midfielder:  Md. Yasir, Mohammad

Goalkeeper:  Md. Abujar

Forward:  Patrick Kamei (captain), Ranjibala, Thahenbi, Joana Garcia Duran

Defender:  Mohammad Chaoba (caoch), Henry Opara

Coach: Mohammad Chaoba

Manager:  Badrur Rahman

Meghalaya Thunders Player List

Goalkeeper: Denington Nongrum

Defenders: Arki Maitlynti Makri, Andre Makri, Francis Onyeama

Midfielder: Batskhem Nongsiej, Lily L Nongkynrih, Evan Pohplet, Ariana Martos Romero

Forward: Carlos Nongsiej, Nangteiskhem Nongrum,

Ilenaki Laloo

Coach: Nangteiskhem Nongrum

Manager: Kieffer Kharphuli

The inclusion of the foreign players will more glamour to the league. India has previously hosted the Premier Futsal League where legendary footballers have shared the pitch with Indian footballers. The North-East Futsal will also give an opportunity to brush their shoulders with the International stars.

Allotment of foreign players

Teams:

Assam Titans: Paula Rubio Fernandez / Carlos Antonio

Meghalaya: Ariana Martos Romero / Francis Onyeama

Nagaland:  Patricia Ballesteros Bermero / Alex Rubio carretero

Manipur:  Joana Garcia Duran / Henry Opara

Arunachal:  Paula Boza Gil / Mario Navarro Penalver

Mizoram:  Jessica Pastor Carreno / Michael Okwudili

This is an attempt to popularize futsal in the North-Eastern region in our country and induce the culture of the sport in the area. Previously, football clubs like Aizawl FC, NEROCA FC and Shillong Lajong FC have made it big in the country. It will be an opportunity for the ‘highlanders’ to mark their arrival in futsal. All eyes will be on the seven-day tournament once it kicks-off in Guwahati on Sunday.

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