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FC Goa win Hero ISL Grassroots Award for the 2022-23 season

Grassroots Award to FCG during the Final match of the HERO INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE 2022 played between ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, in India on 18th March 2023. Photo: Pal PILLAI /Focus Sports/ ISL

FC Goa, along with Bengaluru FC, were honoured with the Hero ISL Grassroots Award for the 2022-23 season on account of their significant contributions to the development of Indian football at the youth and grassroots level.

 

Carlos Pena, the head coach of FC Goa, speaking after he collected the award and a cash prize of ₹10 lakhs in a special ceremony following the ISL final on Saturday, said, “I love the mentality of FC Goa – they’re not only concerned about signing big names, and equally value player development. It’s one of the main reasons why I signed up to be their head coach last summer.

“The key with young players is to trust them and have patience with them, and this is something that doesn’t happen easily in professional football.”

 

The Gaurs, along with their community wing, the Forca Goa Foundation have launched the Little Gaurs League, one of India’s biggest baby leagues. The competition, now in its 4th season, sees over 1000 children participating (including over 200 girl participants) in the U6, U8, U10 and U12 categories in a three-month long tournament which spans over 3 months.

 

FC Goa, which launched its full-fledged youth structure in 2017, has over the years seen its teams win laurels both at the state and national levels with wins in the Goa Pro League and Police Cup to highlight other notable performances.

 

The Gaurs, this season saw the U17 side win the Goa Football Association (GFA) 3rd Division (Bardez zone) title whilst their U15 and U13 side romped home to convincing wins in their respective GFA championships. The U13 and U15 teams ended up scoring 95 and 45 goals respectively from their 8 games, while conceding 5 each.

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