The 75th edition of the Santosh Trophy for the national football championship will take place in Malappuram next year. Kerala will host the final round of this season’s Santosh Trophy in the Manjeri stadium. Kochi to host a women’s 4-team international tournament in December. Kerala will also host the national camps for junior teams.
Malappuram District Sports Complex Stadium or the Manjeri Stadium or Payyanad Stadium is an athletics and football stadium in Manjeri, Kerala, India. The stadium is part of Malappuram District Sports Complex and Football Academy. It is under the management of the Malappuram District Sports Council.
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Kerala will soon become a football hub, according to V Abdulrahman, Sports Minister, Kerala. He was addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday after an interaction with an All-India Football Federation team led by Abhishek Yadav, former international and deputy general secretary.
“Now that Kerala has opened up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, stadiums too will be opened up soon. The state will host more national and international events soon,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, Abhishek informed that Kerala will be in contention for future national camps for the junior and sub-juniors as well. “The national camps, including for the World Cup qualifiers, can be organised in Kerala and it will help develop the game as local players and clubs teams will get a chance to play the campers,” he said.
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Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi will also host international teams consisting of four countries; including India in the senior women’s championship. Kerala will also host national camps for the national women’s team.