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About Slum Soccer

Slum Soccer is a FIFA awarded charitable organization that uses the power of football to bring about a change in the lives of underprivileged children and youth. Through specially designed curriculum and activities we engage with and mobilize our participants towards learning and fitness.

Slum Soccer stands committed to foster sustainable development within the otherwise marginalized populations of India to bring about a change in the lives of street children and youth using football, the beautiful game that is a perfect vehicle to transcends social status, race, religion, language and gender. We aim at providing long term solutions to combat rife homelessness and improve living standards within underprivileged areas. The game of Football is our means to that end, connecting individuals, teaching life skills and working towards improving overall quality of life.

About SPN National Inclusion Cup

Slum Soccer National Championship also known as National Inclusion Cup is organized for the underprivileged youth of India; a concept that has been successfully utilized to transform the lives of youth in India.

The year-long build-up of the tournament, which is being organized year-after-year for last 18 years, begins from tournaments held at the district level, moving to state level tournaments and finally culminating in engagement at the national level. Here, not only the men’s and women’s teams representing various states of the country participate to bring laurels to their state but also showcase their individual football prowess to get selected amongst the teams (8 men and 8 women) who would represent India in the Homeless World Cup where players belonging to more than 63 nations congregate to not just kick out homelessness but also to script and carve out a brighter future.  The Indian team selected this year will participate at the 18th Edition of the Homeless World Cup 2020 being held in Finland.

The Slum Soccer National Championship is the brain child of Prof. Vijay Barse, who came up with the idea of engaging the slum children and youth through football following an interaction with kids he saw playing in an open slushy ground on a rainy afternoon in 1998. He wanted to give a platform for youth to showcase their sporting talent and believed football could help do it. The first tournament took place in Nagpur in 2001. From then onwards, the event and network has been growing steadily, occupying a prominent position in the field of Sport and for Development.

Background

Since its inception in 2001, The National Inclusion Cup (Men’s) has been organized in various cities in India. The first tournament was held in Nagpur with 16 states participating. From 2010 onwards, the women’s category was added to the event. Till date the National Inclusion Cup has engaged about 5600 underprivileged youth of which 200 men and women have represented India at Homeless World Cup since it was first held in 2007.

About Sony Pictures Networks India

Sony Pictures Networks India is an Indian media company, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. Sony Pictures Networks India has been supporting the National Inclusion Cup since 2017. Therefore, the tournament has gained wide popularity during last 4 years as SPN National Inclusion Cup.

This year the tournament was contested by 26 state teams in men’s category and 24 state teams in women’s category. The teams were divided in four groups in both the categories.

Men’s Team Grouping

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
Andhra Pradesh Assam Bihar Goa
Chhatisgarh Delhi Haryana Jharkhand
Gujarat Himachal Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Karnataka
J & K Punjab Maharashtra Manipur
Kerala Sikkim Telangana Tamil Nadu
Meghalaya Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand Vidarbha
Rajasthan West Bengal    

Women’s Team Grouping

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
Andhra Pradesh Assam Himachal Bihar
Maharashtra Chhattisgarh Jharkhand Delhi
Rajasthan Goa Karnataka Gujarat
Telangana Kerala Madhya Pradesh Haryana
Uttar Pradesh Meghalaya Punjab Manipur
West Bengal Uttarakhand Vidarbha Tamil Nadu

Tournament Trophies

  1. SPN National Inclusion Cup: This is the most prestigious Cup of the tournament which is awarded to the champions of the tournament in both men’s and women’s category.After completion of the Group league round, the top 2 teams of each Group qualify to play the knock-out quarter-final, semi-finals and final matches for the Cup

2)  SPN Diversity Cup: This is the next most prestigious trophy after the SPN National Inclusion Cup for both men’s and women’s category. After completion of the Group league round, the 3rd and 4th ranked teams of each Group qualify to play the knock-out quarter-final, semi-finals and final matches for this Cup

3)  SPN Panjim City Cup:  This is the third ranked trophy of the tournament for both men’s and women’s category. After completion of the Group league round, the 5th and 6th ranked teams of each Group qualify to play the knock-out quarter-final, semi-finals and final matches for this Cup

  • Fair Play Cup : This trophy is awarded to the teams in both men and women category who have shown exemplary behavior, demonstrated high level of discipline, avoided rough play and accorded due respect to opponent players, referees, and other officials.  Simply put, they have won the hearts of everyone by their conduct on and off the field.
  • Individual Awards: Best Player, Best Goal Keeper and Top Scorer for Men & Women respectively.

Highlights of Day 1

Opening ceremony

The SPN National Inclusion Cup kicked off on the 28th of February at the Miramar Beach, Panjim in Goa. Never before in its history the tournament has been organized on a pristine beach and it was nothing short of miracle when the Slum Soccer team set-up 2 green artificial turf pitches on the sands. The tournament saw an enthusiastic participation of 50 teams (26 Men’s & 24 Women’s) representing states from all across India – from J&K in the North to Kerala is the south and Manipur in east to Gujarat in the west.

The Inauguration Ceremony of the SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020 was marked by  the august presence of  S/Shri Brahmanand Sankhwalkar – Arjuna Awardee and ex-India football captain, VM Prabhudesai, Executive Director – Sports Authority of Goa, Andy Hook, Ex-Director – Homeless World Cup and David Duke, CEO Street Soccer, Scotland.

The tournament was inaugurated with lot of fanfare and excitement. The inaugural match was played between team Bihar and Uttarakhand in Men’s Category.

The first day saw 50 action-packed matches played in both the categories.

Highlights of Day 2

Day 2 was dominated by four teams Manipur, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya winning two matches each. Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh were looking to qualify from group A with Sikkim and West Bengal from group B, Haryana topped the group with second position closely contested by Uttarakhand and Maharashtra and in group D Karnataka and Vidarbha were looking to qualify for the quarter finals.

In the women’s category Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and were seen clear winners in group A with Goa and Uttarakhand from group B. Group C was dominated by Jharkhand followed by Vidarbha. There had a close fight between Manipur and Haryana for top spot in group D closely contested by Delhi.

Highlights of Day 3

Day three was crucial for all teams as they were focused on consolidating their positions for the quarter finals.

In men’s category, Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh were looking to qualify from Group A while Sikkim and West Bengal were aiming for pole positions from Group B. Haryana topped Group C with second position closely contested by Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. In Group D, Karnataka and Vidarbha were well placed to qualify for the quarter finals.

In the women’s category Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and were seen clear winners in Group A and Goa and Uttarakhand from Group B. Group C was dominated by Jharkhand followed by Vidarbha. There was a close fight between Manipur and Haryana for top spot in Group D with Delhi breathing down their neck.

SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020 (Men’s)

Men’s Quarter Finals 
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Manipur 7 VS 4 Andhra Pradesh Quarter Final 1
West Bengal 10 VS 0 Uttarakhand Quarter Final 2
Goa 6 VS 2 Jammu & Kashmir Quarter Final 3
Punjab 2 VS 1 Haryana Quarter Final 4
Men’s Semi Finals 
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Manipur 3 VS 1 West Bengal Semi Final 1
Goa 8 VS 7 Punjab Semi Final 2

Men’s Final SPN National Inclusion Cup

After intensely fought and adrenalin pumping semifinal matches two well deserving teams, Goa and Manipur, who were the tournament favorites, played the final match. The match witnessed high degree of passion and an amazing display of power and stamina as the teams attacked and counter-attacked as the match progressed. By end of the first half of the match Manipur was down 4-1. Down but not out, Manipur believed in the adage ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’  Not willing to give up, Manipur drew upon their reserve strength and strategies and came out in the second half firing on all cylinders to showcase scintillating football. By the final whistle the tables had comprehensively turned and Goa stood defeated. With the scoreboard reading 7-5, Manipur emerged as deserving winner of the SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020. However, in real sense, Football was the winner!

SPN Diversity Cup 2020 (Men’s)

Men’s Quarter Finals 
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Kerala 5 VS 1 Vidarbha Quarter Final 1
Delhi 8 VS 7 Telangana Quarter Final 2
Karnataka 5 VS 2 Meghalaya Quarter Final 3
Himachal Pradesh 6 VS 1 Maharashtra Quarter Final 4
Men’s Semi Finals
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Delhi 7 VS 3 Kerala Semi Final 1
Karnataka 7 VS 4 Himachal Pradesh Semi Final 2

Men’s Final SPN Diversity Cup

The final match of the Diversity Cup was played between Karnataka and Delhi. Both teams were high on confidence having defeated their opponents in semi finals comprehensively. The match saw both teams sweating it out on the pitch and not ready to yield an inch to their opponents. Karnataka, backed by vociferous support from the spectators and players of other teams crowding the stands, played exciting football and totally outfoxed Delhi to register a resounding win of 6-1. The Diversity Cup (Men’s), second most prestigious honour of the tournament, was thus lifted by Karnataka. 

SPN Panjim City Cup 2020 (Men’s)

Men’s Quarter Finals 
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Tamil Nadu 7 VS 1 Rajasthan Quarter Final 1
Sikkim 10 VS 2 Assam Quarter Final 2
Gujarat 5 VS 3 Jharkhand Quarter Final 3
Uttar Pradesh 10 VS 0 Bihar Quarter Final 4
Men’s Semi Finals  
Winning Team Goals   Goals Losing Team Match
Sikkim 7 VS 2 Tamil Nadu Semi Final 1
Uttar Pradesh 5 VS 4 Gujarat Semi Final 2

Men’s Final SPN Panjim City Cup

In the nail-biting final match between Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim took an early lead in the first half and kept the lead intact until the final minutes. However, team Uttar Pradesh had other plans up their sleeves. In a rearguard action not meant for the weak hearted, they clinically banged in 2 quick goals in the dying minutes and grabbed the SPN Panjim City Cup with the final score reading 2-1.

SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020 (Women’s)

Women’s Quarter Final
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches  
Andhra Pradesh 7 VS 5 Manipur Quarter Final 1  
Goa 10 VS 1 Vidarbha Quarter Final 2  
Haryana 10 VS 2 West Bengal Quarter Final 3  
Jharkhand 4 VS 3 Uttarakhand Quarter Final 4  

Women’s Semi Final
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches
Goa 4 Vs 3 Andhra Pradesh Semi Final 1
Haryana 7 VS 6 Jharkhand Semi Final 2

Women’s Final  SPN National Inclusion Cup

Till the finals, the host Goa and Haryana both had remained unbeaten. As such, both had a record to defend and a reputation to establish. And so tension was rife and tempers high when they faced each other across the centre line.  The intensity and the passion with which this match was played was befitting of a final. Of course, there were pros and cons of being a local team. One one hand, Goa was under pressure to rise to the expectations of the home crowd; on the other, they had the advantage of having the Goan fans cheering them and egging them on vociferously. When the final whistle blew, the home crowd went into raptures as Team Goa emerged victorious beating Haryana with the final score 4-1. How many of those Goan goals came about due to the overwhelming crowd support would remain an inconclusive debate.

SPN Diversity Cup 2020(Women’s)

Women’s Quarter Final
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches  
Maharashtra 4 VS 2 Bihar Quarter Final 1  
Punjab 5 VS 4 Assam Quarter Final 2  
Telangana 9 VS 6 Delhi Quarter Final 3  
Chhattisgarh 8 VS 4 Madhya Pradesh Quarter Final 4  
 Women’s Semi Final
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches
Punjab 4 Vs 3 Maharashtra Semi Final 1
Chhattisgarh 6 VS 3 Telangana Semi Final 2

Women’s Final SPN Diversity Cup

Team Punjab and Chhattisgarh faced each other in the final of the SPN Diversity Cup. Right from the kick-off, Chhattisgarh attacked Punjab’s bastion relentlessly and aggressively. The strategy paid rich dividends as Punjab lost the plot and could rarely pose a threat to Chhatisgarh. Chhatisgarh emerged victorious defeating Punjab with a huge margin of 6-1. The difference of five goals summed up the proceedings of the match.

SPN Panjim City Cup 2020(Women’s)

Women’s Quarter Finals
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches  
Rajasthan 6 VS 0 Gujarat Quarter Final 1  
Karnataka 6 VS 2 Kerala Quarter Final 2  
Uttar Pradesh 6 VS 1 Tamil Nadu Quarter Final 3  
Himachal Pradesh 6 VS 0 Meghalaya Quarter Final 4  
Women’s Semi Finals
Winning team Goals   Goals Losing team Matches  
Uttar Pradesh 4 Vs 1 Himachal Pradesh Semi Final 1  
Karnataka 3 VS 0 Rajasthan Semi Final 2  

Women’s Final  SPN Panjim City Cup

Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka made their way to the final of SPN Panjim City Cup. The clash saw team battling hard to get their first hand on the trophy while putting their best efforts for every moment of the game.

After the hard fought first half, Team Karnataka managed to take a solitary goal lead. The second half saw Uttar Pradesh make inroads into Karnataka defense but failing to convert their chances into a goal. At the end, confident Karnataka triumphed over Uttar Pradesh 3-0 and clinched the trophy.  

Fair Play Award

Bihar Women’s team and Meghalaya Men’s team won everyone’s hearts as well as the Fair Play Trophy of the SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020 tournament with their fine performance, exemplary discipline and conduct both on and off the field.  

 

Individual Awards (Women):

Best Player: Uttarakhand’s Bhagvati Chauhan

Best Goal keeper: Sikkim’s Gyarme Tamang

Top Scorer: Mumbai’s Namrata Thakur

Individual Awards (Men):

Best Player: West Bengal’s MD Minahjuddin

Best Goal keeper: West Bengal’s Danish Ansari 

Top Scorer: Chhattisgarh’s Tarandeep Singh  

Highlights of the tournament

  1. 50 teams from 26 states all across India participated in the SPN NIC 2020.
  2. The tournament saw presence of the current Women’s National team coach Miss. Maymol Rocky, Mr. VM Prabhu Desai (Executive Director of Sports Authority of Goa), Mr. Bhramanand Sankhwalkar (Arjuna Awardee and Ex-India Captain), Mr. J Ashok Kumar (Secretary Sports and Tourism, Goa)  
  3. 10 former players of Homeless World Cup and 14 leaders who attended Game Changers training program mentored and coached their respective state teams which participated in to the tournament.
  4. Throughout the tournament 212 matches were played and more than 1000 goals were scored.
  5. 16 men and 16 women have been selected for a trial for selection as Team India which will take part in the Homeless World Cup 2020 in Finland. 
  6.  70 men and 60 women players of the tournament have been selected for the Slum Soccer’s Leadership Program, Game Changers 2020

Off field activity

  1. Session on career counseling in football:

With the aim of helping the players to choose right path in football career, Ms. Anju Turambekar- Technical Director at Dempo Sports Club and AIFF Instructor & Assessor gave an informative talk which provided insights on pursuing a career in sports particularly in football. She also provided inspiration to the women players when she spoke about how she has overcome the constraints and challenges as a woman in a sport perceived to be male dominated and how she persevered with her dream. Narrating her experience after the session Ms Turambekar expressed “It was a privilege for me to interact with these youths hailing from various parts of India and share my life journey with more than 500 players who would be facing similar dilemmas and problems that I have faced” Turambekar mentioned during the session.  

  • Cultural evening: On 2nd of March,2020, a grand Cultural Evening was organized. The occasion gave the teams a wonderful opportunity to showcase their state’s unique cultural richness and diversity though songs, dances and similar forms of artistic expression. More importantly, it provided a perfect platform for players of all teams to set aside their rivalry on the field, come together as one in camaraderie and cement new bonds of friendship that will stand the test of time. 

What they say!!

Dr. Vijay Barse, Founder, Slum Soccer:

“Though every tournament sees emergence of different winners, for us all the participants coming from across the country are the winners in true sense of the word. The National Inclusion Cuptournament was played in the true spirit of participation and inclusiveness and that’s what defines our success.”

Mr. Rajkumar Bidawatka – Head CSR, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):

“Slum Soccer is a very dear cause to our CSR philosophy. For the fourth consecutive year, it gives us immense pride to witness the initiative’s impact on sports, in transcending boundaries and empowering youth. We will continue to support initiatives, which foster sustainable development and equality. At SPN, we constantly aspire to nurture young talent in the country through the medium of sports.”

Dr. Abhijeet Barse, Chief Executive Officer, Slum Soccer )

It was amazing to see players from all across India get their first chance to play football on the beach and showcase their prowess. It was equally hearting to see how Game Changers, the Slum Soccer’s Leadership Development Program, has added value to the SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020.

V.M Prabhu Desai Executive Officer Sports Authority Goa

“I must tell you in the real sense literally and figuratively Slum Soccer organizes a real platform to all the underprivileged footballers from various parts of India. I must once again say that we are extremely delighted with the experience and this sport has come to stay in Goa, I am sure they’re likely to be world level championship would be conducted in Goa in 2021 and this will be a perfect curtain-raiser preloved a bigger event coming to India and in Goa”.

Closing Ceremony

On the 3rd of March 2020 the fourth edition of the SPN-National Incluion Cup, a tournament full of tension, passion, close matches, highlights, entertainment, and most importantly full of fun, concluded. The closing ceremony, in presence of some special guests, offered an appropriate final whistle for the SPN-NIC 2020. All the teams and volunteers, engaged in the tournament were honoured with trophies and certificates to remember the previous days. Beside of that the list for the selected players for the trial to nominate Team India for the Homeless World Cup 2020 was announced.

On the 3rd of March 2020 the fourth edition of the SPN-National Incluion Cup, a tournament full of tension, passion, close matches, highlights, entertainment, and most importantly full of fun, concluded. The closing ceremony, in presence of some special guests, offered an appropriate final whistle for the SPN-NIC 2020. All the teams and volunteers, engaged in the tournament were honoured with trophies and certificates to remember the previous days. Beside of that the list for the selected players for the trial to nominate Team India for the Homeless World Cup 2020 was announced.

Thank you to all the people who made the SPN-NIC 2020 such a memorable and successful event! A big thank you goes out to Sony Pictures Networks India to give the youth of India the opportunity to create memories!