The Sub-Junior Girls’ National Football Championship 2019-20, which is a competition between Under-13 state teams in India, got underway in Cuttack, Odisha on Friday, June 7.
With the Indian Women’s League coming to an end last month in Ludhiana, Punjab, it is now time to turn our attention towards the junior level, as the country prepares for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
A total of 25 teams are set to take part in the tournament, which is an increase from the previous year, when the total number of participants was 22. The matches are set to be played across three stadiums – Barabati Stadium, DRIEMS College Ground and the Ravenshaw University Ground.
The teams are divided into eight groups, with the top teams from each group making it to the quarterfinals, which are set to be played on June 15 and 16, followed by the semifinals on June 18, and the final on June 20.
In Group A, Jharkhand face Tripura and Haryana; in Group B Tamil Nadu face Madhya Pradesh; in Group C Maharashtra face Telangana and Assam, in Group D Uttar Pradesh face West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.
In Group E hosts Odisha face Goa and Uttarakhand; while defending champions Manipur have been drawn in Group F alongside Delhi and Bihar; while in Group G Kerala take on Jammu&Kashmir, Gujarat and Meghalaya; and in Group H Himachal Pradesh take on Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Mizoram.
On the opening day, Jharkhand won 4-1 against Haryana, Maharashtra beat Telangana 5-1, and Tamil Nadu overcame Madhya Pradesh 6-0.