Indian Minifootball Players from North India Excel at International Youth Championship in Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia – Five young Minifootball players from North India showcased their skills and determination at the International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 held in Bratislava, Slovakia. Representing the Minifootball Association of India (MAI) in the U-11, U-13, and U-15 categories, these talented athletes made a lasting impact on the global stage, earning India its first international medal in Minifootball.

The week-long championship, organized under the aegis of the World Minifootball Federation and hosted by Slovakia Minifootball Association, saw teams from around the world competing in various age categories. The Indian contingent displayed exceptional teamwork, technical prowess, and sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

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Armaan Singh Bajwa from Chandigarh, a vital member of the U-15 team, was instrumental in leading the Indian team to the finals. The young athlete’s exceptional skills and leadership qualities impressed both teammates and opponents alike. In a nail-biting semi-final match against Romania, Anirudh Kapil Bohra’s early goal in the 2nd minute secured India’s spot in the finals with a 1-0 victory. Although the team faced a tough challenge against the host nation, Slovakia, in the finals and secured a commendable runner-up position, their journey was marked by moments of brilliance.

Aarav Sejwal, the dynamic player from Delhi, earned special recognition in the U-13 category. His remarkable goal-scoring ability and outstanding performances earned him the title of “Outstanding Performer” in his age group. Aarav’s skillful play and dedication brought immense pride to India, and he was presented with an appreciation letter from the Slovakia Minifootball Association.

Amidst the young heroes who shone at the International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 were the talented brothers, Armaan Singh Bajwa and Anmol Singh Bajwa. Hailing from Chandigarh, they both displayed exceptional prowess on the field, making their family, including their father, Bikramjit Singh Bajwa, immensely proud. Their performances were a testament to the unwavering support and encouragement they received from their family, spurring them on to achieve greatness.

Joining the league of outstanding players were Veer Pratap Singh, son of Ajeet Inderjeet Singh, and Gurgeet Singh Gill, son of Geetinder Singh. Hailing from Chandigarh, their dedication and talent were integral in representing North India at the international championship. Vivek High School in Sector 70, Mohali, played a crucial role in shaping his talent and nurturing his passion for Minifootball.

Aarav Sejwal from Delhi, son of Prince Sejwal,Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj Delhi, 9th standard emerged as a shining star in the U-13 category, leaving a mark with his impressive skills on the field.,

The selection of the Indian teams for the International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 was based on the performances of players at the MAI National Minifootball Championship held in Nasik in December 2022. The championship provided a platform for talented players from across the nation to compete at a higher level and receive professional coaching.

Mr. Vitthal Shirgaonkar (Vice President – WMF) and Mr. Peter Kralik (Vice President – WMF) spearheaded this initiative to promote grassroots Minifootball and provide young amateur footballers with an international platform to showcase their talents. The success of the Indian teams at the championship reflects the growing popularity and potential of Minifootball in India.

The Indian teams were expertly led by coaches Mr. Tarun Mehra, Mr. Yashwant Mokashi, and Mr. Kartik Vashist, whose guidance and support played a pivotal role in shaping the players’ abilities and instilling a competitive spirit.

Indian Minifootball Players from North India Excel at International Youth Championship in Slovakia

The International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 provided a unique platform for cultural exchange and camaraderie among young athletes from different countries. The warm hospitality extended by Slovakia and the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated by all participating teams fostered an atmosphere of celebration and unity. The young Indian players embraced the opportunity to interact with players from diverse football cultures, forming bonds that transcended national boundaries.

The success of the U-15 team, securing India’s first international medal in Minifootball, marks a significant milestone in the growth of Minifootball in the country. The achievement has not only brought pride to the players and their families but also garnered attention and interest from sports enthusiasts across India. With the continued support and encouragement from the Minifootball Association of India and the World Minifootball Federation, the sport is poised to witness exponential growth in popularity and participation.

The International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 has left an indelible mark on the minds of young Minifootball enthusiasts in India. As the news of India’s success spreads, more young athletes may be inspired to take up the sport, motivated by the possibility of representing their country on the international stage. The achievements of Armaan Singh Bajwa, Aarav Sejwal, and their teammates serve as a beacon of hope and encouragement for the future stars of Indian Minifootball.

The success of the Indian teams at the championship is a testament to the efforts made by the Minifootball Association of India in nurturing and developing talent at the grassroots level. Such tournaments and exposure to international competitions are essential for honing the skills of young athletes and providing them with invaluable experiences that contribute to their overall growth as footballers and individuals.

The International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 in Bratislava, Slovakia, was not merely a competition but a celebration of passion, talent, and sportsmanship. The commendable performances of the North Indian players have proven that Minifootball in India has the potential to make a mark on the global stage. As the young athletes return home with memories to cherish and dreams to pursue, their journey is a testament to the transformative power of sports and the boundless possibilities it offers. With every stride, they take India closer to becoming a formidable force in the world of Minifootball.

The exceptional performances of North Indian players at the International Minifootball Youth Championship 2023 have set a precedent for Indian Minifootball. With continued efforts, support, and more opportunities, India’s Minifootball community aims to shine on the global stage and continue its journey towards achieving greater heights in the world of Minifootball.