Odisha to Host Hero Indian Women’s League 2020-21
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has confirmed that Odisha will host the Hero Indian Women’s League 2020-21. AIFF, the governing body of football in the country, will announce the dates for the same soon.
“The Government of Odisha has been a great supporter of Indian Football. We are very thankful to Naveen Patnaik, Vishal Kumar Dev, Vineel Krishna and the Sports Department of Odisha for extending all the support and help organise the Hero Indian Women’s League. Over the years, the tournament has provided the platform for a lot of budding women footballers to showcase their talent and provide them with the option of taking up football as a career”, said Praful Patel, President of AIFF.
India will be hosting the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 which will be followed by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 2022. The 2020-21 Hero Indian Women’s League will provide an opportunity to scout new talent for the Women’s National Team.
“Odisha has been synonymous with women’s football in India for long. I am an ardent supporter of women empowerment, and the hosting of the Indian Women’s League in Odisha allows us the opportunity to contribute to the development of women’s football in the country along with the All India Football Federation. Women sportspersons in India have been bringing huge laurels for the country and I am confident our women footballers will garner more glory in the near future”, said Tushar Kanti Behera, Minister of State, Sports, & Youth Services of Odisha.
Recently, the Indian women’s football team had some valuable game time as they were part of a two-month training camp in Goa, followed by three matches in Turkey, against Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine.