Dubai, Bangalore & Delhi added to the fold as host cities increase from 2 to 4
Sony Pictures Network announced as broadcast partners
Premier Futsal, the world’s biggest Futsal tournament is all set to further strengthen its position as a sporting league par excellence with Season 2 of the global offering promising to be bigger, better and more engaging than ever. Former Ballon D’or winner and Brazilian footballing sensation, Ronaldinho will set the arena on fire once again as he extended his association with the league by 3 years.
Premier Futsal has also collaborated with Dubai Sports Council which takes the tournament beyond the Indian territory with Semi Finals and Finals scheduled to take place in Dubai. With Goa paving way for Delhi and Bangalore as hosts, the geographical representation of the league has now grown to 4 cities, and more than 24 matches spread across two weeks further strengthen its status as the biggest futsal tournament in the world.
The futsal extravaganza, beginning 15th September will travel to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore before culminating in Dubai with the ultimate battle of Futsal supremacy taking place on 1st October. The six teams will play each other 7 times prior to the semi-finals which will also take place in the port city. All the matches will be broadcasted live on Sony Network.
Marking the momentous occasion, Mr. Xavier Britto, Chairman, Premier Futsal said, “We are extremely proud to have been a part of this remarkable journey that Premier Futsal has traversed in such a short span of time. Guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for innovation and entrepreneurship, and motivated by his vision to make India a successful sporting nation, we are committed to foster and expand the sport even further allowing for sports enthusiasts from different geographies to come forward and engage with Futsal”
The marquee futsal tournament revealed Mr. Rajesh Kabra and Mr. Hemant Kabra, Promoters, RR KABEL Group as the Mumbai 5’s team owners of the league. Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Rajesh Kabra said, “Premier Futsal has seen significant traction in its first edition and has clearly gained stickiness amongst its TG. It gives us immense pleasure to be able to facilitate the growth of the unique sport in the city of Mumbai through this association and enable it to be an integral part of one of India’s fastest growing sports properties.”
Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal said, “The fixtures for this year’s tournament have been scheduled keeping in mind the imparting of a wholesome Futsal experience to sports enthusiasts not only in India but across the world. We envision Premier Futsal to be one of the leading global sports properties in the coming years and the current expansion and diversification of Premier Futsal is in line with this vision of ours.”
Present to mark the landmark moment, the Brazilian Football legend, Ronaldinho said, “I enjoyed and loved playing in India last year and entertaining the audience. I love the food and warmth of the Indian people. Futsal has been an important part of my life ever since I started indulging in the sport as a young kid. Premier Futsal has quickly become the biggest futsal event in the world and I am here to support this league in the long term, and make it a huge success globally. Now with Season 2 of the tournament, we want to break the glass ceiling and set the benchmark for sporting leagues across the world. We want to inspire more and more youngsters to take up the sport and all of our efforts especially the Launch Pad are directed towards bringing in youth closer to the game.”
Mediapro, a global leader in broadcast media, marketing and sport has also made its foray in the Indian market with Premier Futsal. The strategic alliance will facilitate and create an intellectual property for Premier Futsal globally. The Spanish company will engage in delivering marketing solutions and services along with the production and distribution for all matches in season two. Dr. Kiran Kumar, promoter of Lalitha Jewellery was also announced as a key investor in the independent sporting venture.
Premier Futsal, the world’s largest futsal promotions company is bringing football legends, futsal superstars and home-grown talent on a unique platform in a never-seen-before made-for-TV product. The tournament was broadcasted in United Kingdom, Middle East, Europe, South America and South East Asia regions other than India. Season 2 only promises to be bigger and more engaging with more match days, greater number of host cities and a varied range of global superstars all set to participate in the sporting spectacle. The tickets for the marquee sporting event will go live soon and will available on Paytm.
About Premier Futsal Management Pvt Ltd.
Premier Futsal Management Pvt Ltd is the world’s biggest futsal promotions company, and the controlling entity of Premier Futsal, the flagship 3-week event comprising of ex-football superstars, the best futsal players in the world and home-grown amateur players scouted through a talent hunt.It is now the most viewed futsal event in the world.
The company comprises President, Mr.Luis Figo, former 2-time World Player of the Year and Real Madrid legend; Vice- President, Mr.Alessandro Rosa Viera (a.k.a Falcao), better known as the “Pele of Futsal” ; and an investor consortium led by Mr.Britto, Chairman, Premier Futsal and Kerry Indev Logistics and Mrs.Vimala Britto, Vice Chairman, Premier Futsal and Chairperson, St.Britto’s Group of Institutions & Seek Foundation.
Premier Futsal has been conceptualised by 3 young Indian entrepreneurs Mr. Dinesh Raj (MD), Mr. Abhinandan Balasubramanian (CEO) and Ms. Nithyashree Subban (CFO), who conceived this platform with a passion to popularize futsal and support the government’s exemplary efforts to build a sporting ecosystem.