thumbnail Hello,

WIFA has partnered with Sporting Ace Private Limited (SAPL) to design a strategy that will help football grow in the state of Maharashtra.

Western India Football Association (WIFA) signed a deal with Sporting Ace Private Limited on Wednesday towards the development of football across all districts in Maharashtra. The deal is worth Rs 100 crores over a ten year period.

The Maharashtra governing body for football believes that this partnership will go a long way to improving the game at the grassroots level. WIFA secretary Souter Vaz was present at the media conference where the deal was announced.

"Football is very popular in all districts of Maharashtra and enjoys a huge fan following among the younger generation", said Vaz. "This interest needs to be channelized in the right direction. That is what the partnership between WIFA and SAPL is confident of achieving", he added.

WIFA is planning to launch an inter-region "Maha Yudh" tournament that aims to scout the best young talent within the state as part of the development process. The governing body will also revive the prestigious 122-year old "Rovers Cup" tournament with Rs 1 crore as the prize money.

The managing director of Sporting Ace, Sagar Pol Chowdhury said, "At SAPL we are confident that this partnership will galvanize and inspire youngsters to play football as there is a bright future for those who share this vision."

Mumbai's Cooperage stadium is the designated venue for the "Rovers Cup" tournament which will be held between July 27th and August 11th in 2013. The tournament would showcase the top teams from the I-League and foreign outfits.

How do you stay up to date with football when on the move? With – your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.