MDFA hopes grounds issue will be sorted soon
The Mumbai District Football Association's (MDFA) new season is about to begin and the dates are yet to be finalised.
The plan is to start the new season by June middle with the third division. However, the current season, which includes the women's football league and the elite division matches are yet to be completed.
The women's football league ended at the Bombay Gymkhana grounds on Saturday while the elite division is slated to be completed by next week.
MDFA secretary Souter Vaz admitted that there is a small gap between the two seasons, but said that the third division season ended in February. "The third division players had enough rest and they will begin their new season by the end of this month,al
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However, Vaz admitted that there was very little time between two seasons for the MDFA administration. "It's been a problem that we have faced for a while. Sometimes, All India Football Federation matches take place in Mumbai and MDFA matches have to be postponed. The problem is mainly due to the lack of grounds. We hope that we can sort out the issue," he said.
Currently, St Xavier's ground at Parel has been given to the MDFA by the BMC. The ground at Cooperage, which is undergoing renovation, is a state association ground that is only for Elite Division matches. The MDFA has also had to take grounds for rent at Fr Agnel at Vashi, the RCF grounds and Mumbai University grounds.
"Hopefully, in the new season, we won't have to spend too much on hiring grounds. If the Cooperage ground is ready, we'll have all the Elite Division matches at a stretch. That way, the season will be less jam-packed," Vaz said.
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