JKFA To Hold Premier Football League 2nd Phase From July 5

SRINAGAR: The Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC) and J&K Football Association (JKFA) on Wednesday announced that the 2nd Phase of Premier Football League J&K 2020-21 will be held from July 5 at Synthetic Turf TRC, Srinagar.

A total of 9 football clubs from Kashmir Valley will participate in the competition.

The teams include: J&K Bank XI (Srinagar), Kashmir Avengers FC (Srinagar), Etihad FC (Pulwama), Ferrari Lions (Ganderbal), SWFC (Baramulla), Iqbal FC (Qalosa, Bandipora), Dar Sports (Kupwara), Shopian FC (Shopian) and Khudwani Quimoe FC (Kulgam).

The participating clubs have been grouped in 4 pools.

In a statement the JKFA said that the selected clubs are the ones who have qualified from the 1st Phase of the League, held in November-December, 2020.

In the first fixture on July 5, JK Bank XI will take on Khudwani Quimoe at 2 pm. The other fixture on the same day will see Kashmir Avengers FC take on Iqbal FC Qalosa at 4 pm.

The JKFA has requested all teams to strictly adhere to the Government regulated COVID-19 SOPs.

Talking to KO, JKFA said that inclusion of spectators on match days will depend on Sports Council guidelines.

“There is a possibility of limited number of fans being allowed to watch the games. But if JKSC says the competition should be held behind closed-doors, then no spectator will be allowed,” JKFA’s PRO, Mr Bilal said.

The top qualifying teams of the 2nd Phase will then lock horns with football clubs from Jammu in a 3rd Phase, which will eventually decide the winner. The JKFA told KO that winners will receive a significant cash prize.

On being asked why there were no teams from districts of Anantnag and Budgam, Mr Bilal said that in-fighting between clubs and lack of football grounds where the main reasons for their exclusion.

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