The format is a league-cum-knockout arrangement, with five-a-side and seven-a-side matches, depending on the age group

Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated the second edition of the Meghalaya Baby League 2019 in the presence of sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh at the State Convention Centre in Shillong on Friday.

Announcing this on his Twitter account, Sangma said, “I wish the event a grand success and congratulate Meghalaya Football Association.”

The baby league is a joint initiative of one of India’s oldest philanthropic organisations, Tata Trusts, the Meghalaya Football Association (MFA) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and aims to provide children from the age of 4-13 years regular exposure to competitive football over a period of six months in order to develop their game, increase confidence and create a base of players that can be taken to the next level in their initial years.

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The format is a league-cum-knockout arrangement, with five-a-side and seven-a-side matches, depending on the age group.

The first of its kind in India, the Meghalaya Football league (MLB) started last year with 1,300 matches and participation of 1,000 children held at three venues – Third Ground, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Futsal Ground — in Shillong.

East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner M War Nongbri and Meghalaya Football Association president Larsing M Sawyan were also present during the inauguration ceremony, among many others.

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