FFSL to conduct women’s football tourney in October | Daily News


FFSL to conduct women’s football tourney in October

Shalika Ranaweera,  Chairman Women’s  Football at FFSL
Shalika Ranaweera, Chairman Women’s Football at FFSL

The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) is gearing to conduct a women’s football tournament to be held at the Beddegana National Training Centre on October 3 and 4.

This two-day tournament involving twenty teams covering the whole island will be played on a seven-a-side format. All teams are to play in a round-robin basis format before they embark on the knockout stage.

The idea of conducting this tournament is to reorganise women’s football in the country after the effects of Easter Sunday, inclement weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, which almost kept women’s activities on hold for the last 18 months. This tournament will be an ideal opportunity for the young girls to actively participate in football, as well as to be scouted for the national pool, which will be under the supervision of former National player Dudley Steinwall.

Apart from that, FFSL will formulate the women’s national teams for under 17 and 19 age segments to participate in Asian Qualifying rounds matches to be held in the first quarter of 2021.

The world football governing body FIFA also has identified women’s football as an effective part of the global development process as the FIFA women’s World Cup is gaining popularity day by day. FIFA has initiated a project to support this segment of the game globally, after the COVID-19 pandemic by allocating funds specifically for women’s football development. FFSL will use these funds to conduct women’s football activities from grass root level to senior level football in this segment.

The state of Qatar is scheduled to conduct an invitation Tournament for ladies next February, where Sri Lanka is to field a side to compete, in which ten countries are likely to participate.

Shalika Ranaweera, Chairman Women’s Football at FFSL speaking to Daily News said that “We are glad to organize a tournament involving the ladies segment, after the COVID-19 pandemic since last March. The trend is changing towards the lasses in the world football arena, which is why FIFA, the world body is keen on promoting this segment, the FFSL is also on par with this vision to promote this segment of the game locally.

This tournament will enable us to scout some players for the National squads and also in preparation for the invitation tournament in Qatar in February, where ten countries are scheduled to compete. Nevertheless, we as the governing body are delighted to revamp ladies football in the country”.

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