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Margoa : Goa is all set to launch the Goa Sevens Premier League(GSPL), a professional league in Sevens football. This is the first time ever a State is all set to initiate a league for Sevens football after it originated in Kerala. The ‘ Sevens’ gained popularity in Kerala and proved a crowd puller sport in this tourist State of India.
 Football gurus have huge expectations for GSPL in Goa; where football is passion. The Sevens league is compared to T-20 Cricket, which revolutionized the laws of play in Cricket.
With less players, small fields, lesser duration, fast movements, more goals and spectacular moments, Sevens has been widely accepted as a new age format of football. Sevens League is considered as a game for both fields and screen due to its skillful characteristics.
The Goa Football Association (GFA) has given GSPL a big thumbs up, approving the league and major teams from the Goan professional league, who have consented to play in the GSPL. The Sevens league is also recognized by the Sports Authority of Goa, (SAG). Major star players will line-up, with 8 teams; The top gun clubs include Salgaocar FC, Dempo SC, Vasco SC, Sporting Club de Goa and Churchill Bros SC. FC Bardez,Guardian Angel SC and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim.
The 15-day GSPL football bonanza will spice up the event with elements of entertainment and fashion. Top clubs with their star players would be seen in action at the training ground adjacent to the Fatorda stadium. The preparations are on a war footing at the venue with the support of Sevens experts from Kerala.
The Sevens Premier League held in Kerala last year had the distinction of entering in the prestigious ‘Limca Book of Records’ as the biggest rural sporting event in the country under the category of ‘ Sports & Entertainment’.
On the final day of the event, football legends of Kerala and Goa will face off in an exhibition match. Legends players like I M Vijayan, C V Pappachan, Joe Paul Anchery, U Sharaf Ali, K T Chacko, Bruno, Mahesh Lotlikar, and Brahmanand will be seen in action.
The formal announcement of the league was done by Mr. Benjamin Silva, President, GSPL at a press conference here in Margoa recently.
The 15-day event comprises in a league cum knock-out format starts on April 30th and ends on 14th of May.
Dooradrshan will telecast the semi-final matches and the final. The Tourism Department of Goa will include GSPL in their calendar as a ‘State Tourism Event’.
After the Goa League the sevens will hit Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Telungana and Chathisgarh. All these States expressed their willingness to initiate the Sevens League. Middle East is also keen on launching Sevens league in the region.

The GSPL is organized by Goa Sevens Sports and Cultural Association and Ambelim Sports Club. N Sports, the owners of the Indian Sevens Premier League conducting professional leagues in Kerala, are the consultant and strategic partner for the League. The GSPL media campaign is supported by Goa Network7, Cutting Edge Sports PR Agency.

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