FC Goa has continuously explored the depths of grassroots football and has provided a solid platform with the Little Gaurs League. It is an extensive youth-based football league that has completed three seasons. Last season, 91 different teams and 744 children participated in the U-6, U-8, U-10, and U-12 categories. There also was a U12 category exclusively for girls. The Little Gaurs League hosted mixed team matches to promote gender equality.
“The League is one of FC Goa’s key strategies in developing footballers, increasing game time for young players helps hone their decision-making ability and match skills,” the mission statement of the Little Gaurs League of FC Goa reads.
“FC Goa aims to be a football club where the first team is a vital part of the project but not its entirety. One of our long-term ambition is to build upon the footballing culture in the state. And that can’t happen without involving the whole community,” FC Goa’s technical director Derrick Pereira said. “Development at the grassroots level is very important for Goa to continue as a footballing hub. Exposure to football at a young age is vital for developing quality players for tomorrow. The Little Gaurs League is one of such initiatives from the Forca Goa Foundation and FC Goa as it provides children a good platform to express themselves and develop their abilities from a young age.”
“This year we managed to improve on game infrastructure and give more game time (double-legged matches as compared to single rounds previously) in order for children and coaches to develop,” Nathaniel D’Costa, Forca Goa Foundation’s Senior Manager said. “Coming back into the game after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus was always going to be full of challenges, but with the support of the club, our sponsor Tata Motors, and the GFA, we managed to register 91 teams with 745 children.”