Shillong: The Meghalaya Football Association is proud to announce that Shillong will play host to the prestigious Hero Junior National Football Championship (Tier 1) for the Dr BC Roy Trophy, which will be held from 28 January to 6 February.
The 27 matches will be played in Polo Ground. Sixteen teams have been divided into four groups, with four group matches per day. The top team from each group will qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals will be held on 3 and 4 February, with the final slated for 6 February.
Meghalaya have been clubbed with Haryana, Odisha and the Sports Authority of India in Group C. Mizoram, who are the defending champions, are in Group A. The only other North East team – Manipur – are in Group B.
The Dr BC Roy Trophy follows a promotion-relegation system, with the top two teams from Tier 2 promoted to Tier 1, with the bottom two of Tier 1 dropping into the lower tier.
The MFA is confident not only in the potential of the Meghalaya boys, who have been training diligently for this mega-event under the eye of the MFA’s Youth Development Cell, but also in the ability of the state to organise the championship in a befitting manner after successfully hosting the Indian Women’s League and U-18 Youth League (now Elite League) in 2018.
The Association encourages the football-loving people of our state to come out and support the boys as they embark on their campaign to become national champions.
Meghalaya group fixtures:
vs Haryana, 28 January
vs Odisha, 30 January
vs Sports Authority of India, 1 February