Delhi International Football League’s is back with a bang!


Delhi: If the right platform is given to right talent at the right time, there is no doubt that it will outshine. One such platform is Delhi International Football League which has given birth to many talented players like Diya Singh (age 16) who played in the years 2008-2013. She represented India U-17 twice at Dana Cup in Denmark.
Much to happiness of the young footballers, Delhi’s premier soccer league—DIFL is back with a bang with its new season that will kick off from mid of October. Precisely, it will span between second week of October 2017 and early February 2018 (approximately 14 weeks of football madness)
Well, after Cricket, one sport that is high on popularity index in India is Football. In fact, it would not be wrong to call India as a soccer fanatic country and this can be gauged from the fact that it is a craze among Indian teens and pre-teens as well, thanks to access to popularity of FIFA World Cup, international media coverage of the sport and increasing football merchandise.
In such times, DIFL, a one-of-its-kind and 33-year-old private league has been helping to nurture talent of the young footballers. It provides access to football coaching and organised football matches in a safe and supportive environment to both the local boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 17 years in Delhi.
DIFL was started in 1983 by Peggy Sood, to provide a platform to football-loving children of the expatriate community. However, it now boasts of more than 550 kids in more than 40 teams which is managed, paid for and coached by parents of children taking part in it. What is unique about it is that DIFL is solely managed by parent volunteers local and expats.
Diya’s mother proudly avers, “I think DIFL was a great learning experience for Diya. It gave her a competitive edge. I was the manager for most of her teams. We enjoyed being part of DIFL family.”
Rajni Malhotra, Former DIFL Commissioner, says, "Having been associated for the last 15 years with DIFL first as a parent, Sponsor, then Manager to Committee Member and finally the Commissioner, I have seen this league evolve as a strong platform encouraging football sport on a large scale. The DIFL’s unique parent-child combination has made it a pioneer in the field and has been a strong community channel to motivate and support football amongst children. The camaraderie and team spirit the league instills in its players is worth the mention.”
Overall, DIFL is a soccer league that games for fun, bonhomie and exchanging cultures. Children of 45 nationalities come together and take home lessons in soccer, team building and constructive competition and make friends for life.

Monday, September 18, 2017