Santosh Trophy NZ Qualifying Round to be held at Katra from Feb 11: Secy Sports Council

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/9/2019 12:10:08 AM

JAMMU, Feb 8: 73rd National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy 2018-19 North Zone Qualifying Round will be held at Katra from Feb 11.
This was disclosed by the Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javid Choudhary while speaking to media here today.
He said that the Santosh Trophy is being organised by J&K Football Association in association All India Football Federation (AIFF). The tournament is held every year with 31 teams who are divided into zone/groups and who must qualify for the tournament proper through the preliminary round. He told that 73rd edition of NFC for Santosh Trophy North Zone Qualifiers is to be held at Katra Sports Complex from February 11 to 16.
Eight States from North India are competing in the Championship which includes Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Chandigarh and host Jammu & Kashmir. As per the fixture issued AIFF, there are total 12 league matches to be played on single leg format. Participating eight teams are divided into two groups and the top team from each group shall qualify for Final Round.
The North Zone Qualifying Rounds is being organised by J&K Football Association and is being supported by J&K State Sports Council, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and J&K Bank Ltd. This is the fourth time that J&K Football Association is given the responsibility by AIFF for hosting of this Championship earlier in 1978 (Srinagar), 2008 (Jammu/Srinagar), 2016 (Jammu) & now in 2018-19 (Katra).
On the occasion J&K Football Association entered into MOU with leading sports manufacturers Vector X , a Jalandhar based company. Vector X shall sponsor playing apparels and officials footballs to J&K State teams who are participating in national events. The agreement between JKFA & Vector X shall be for period of three years.



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