Mumbai gets its own ‘Champions League’

Mumbai Rush Soccer (MRS) announced an ambitious plan to promote football at the grassroots level by launch of the MRS Champions League tournament. The competition will involve eight teams in the age group of Boys U-10, U-12, U-14, U-17 and Girls U-14 and U-17 and will be held from January 27 to March10.

The Champions League will be the culmination of three separate leagues to be conducted by MRS, targeting children from different strata of life. The most talented players from these leagues will be shortlisted and picked to play in the Champions League over seven Sundays, beginning January 27. "The Champions League will not be about teams winning or losing, but the teams will be awarded points according to level of skills displayed by its players. So for example, if the task on one Sunday is to score as many goals as possible via headers, the team doing so will earn extra points," said Dennis Fernandes, Hon. CEO MRS.

"The objective of MRS Champions League is to scout talented players from Mumbai and provide them with a platform to experiment and showcase their skill, as well as provide them with sufficient quality matches in a calendar year on par with international players of the same age," added Tim Schulz, president and CEO of Rush Soccer.

The matches will be played in a five-a-side format.

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