Mumbai: The second season of the Premier Futsal will be held in four cities with eight teams, it was announced here on Tuesday.
The first season was held in July this year involving six teams and the matches were played in Chennai and Mapusa in Goa. The second season will be played in the first quarter of 2017 and the franchises will be divided into two groups. The first season saw marquee players like former Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, former Chelsa player Hernan Crespo, Michel Salgado and Falcao and all of them are expected to be back for the second season as well.
“We will be adding two more teams into the mix (for the second season), which means that the number of legends will increase by two. So we will be bringing legends, (who are) bigger… I wouldn’t say bigger because there are very few who can call themselves bigger than the guys we have got, (but) of the same milk, guys will be added to talent pool in legends category,” Co-founder and CEO Abhinandan Balasubramanian told a select group of reporters here.
“Because of the increase in number of teams, additional international futsalers will be coming in the mix and the existing players (of) all the teams will go into a player draft, the process of which will be announced in the next two weeks,” he said, adding there will be six international players (in a team).
“The existing players.. 90 per cent of them are in three or five year contracts, be the legends or the futsal players, they are all under three to five year contract, so I can safely say all of them will be returning for the next season,” he added.
“The four cities we will be going in would most likely be the four cities we did not go in the first season, so Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi and Kolkata. Chennai and Goa have been the venues for the first season,” he added.
The organisers also said they are in talks with former English footballer David Beckham and Brazilian Kaka.
“The response has been positive. Beckham and Kaka are keen to play futsal in India. It is not because of the money that they are coming. We have given our players good stay and security. It’s about our vision that they are interested in.
We can t just bring them with money,” Managing Director and Co-Founder Dinesh Raj said.