It was back in August 2018 that we saw the IPL Soccer tournament launched. IPLSOCCER is a competitive 7-a-side indoor football competition, with selected city-based teams headed by celebrity owners. IPLSOCCER will be the United Kingdom’s first nationwide Asian football tournament, which will be held annually, and matches to be played at an indoor arena in England.
The goal is to encourage more British Asians into professional football, although teams will hold trails in cities which will be open to all 16-32 year old young players. The best 16 players from each city trial will be picked for their squad to play for their home city in IPLSOCCER. From this, players can be scouted into professional football contracts with clubs in the UK and abroad.
Teams will be picked from Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and London. The celebrity team owners and their teams, trial dates and full tournament dates will be announced from September, and the IPLSOCCER tournament will kick off in June 2020.
Michael Owen, Ambassador of IPLSOCCER, said: “Sport is one of the few institutions that can break down barriers and stereotypes but despite the diversity in the current England squad, no footballer of South Asian origin has won a senior England Cap in over 146 years and British South Asians continue to be under-represented in professional football. Improving those statistics and providing fully inclusive opportunities for all are at the core of the IPLSOCCER Programme.”
Award-winning Radio/TV presenter and UK household name Noreen Khan has been confirmed as team co-owner of the Derby Crusaders IPLSOCCER team alongside superpower couple Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly of Pakistan.
Sany Supra, Founder & CEO of IPLSOCCER states, “We are extremely privileged to unveil such a fabulous partnership and lineup, of the sensationally fantastic and young power couple of Pakistan Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir, and UK’s very own super talented Noreen Khan as the celebrity co-owners of the Derby Crusaders team. We are so proud to be able to take the IPLSOCCER brand to as many different Countries and audiences as we already have, with the strong support, passion and interest from such talented and likeminded popular individuals as these. Watch this space”.
Team co-owner Noreen Khan said, “I am delighted to be co-owner of Derby Crusaders and to be a part of the IPLSOCCER. As a huge fan of football I love that this tournament will engage more British Asians to play and then hopefully get recognised and spotted to play at a professional level. Just having this tournament will be fantastic in getting young people to become more active and the more football can only be a good thing!”
IPLSOCCER is an annual televised tournament that will take place in June 2020, the venue announcement and tickets to see your favourite stars will go live in the coming weeks. Check out all the teams here and their celebrity owners:
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