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Jamshedpur, November 23, 2017

Tata Football Academy (TFA) will begin the selection trials for inducting players into the Tata Football Academy.

The trials will commence from November 24, 2017 in Ranchi, Jharkhand and over the next 3 months will be held across the country. They will conclude in Kerala on March 3, 2018. The shortlisted participating players will be called to TFA, Jamshedpur for the final selection which will be held in April/May 2018. The trial procedure is highly competitive and attracts some of the best talents from across the country. Aspirants will be tested on their performance in match situations, technical skills, tactical awareness and physical ability.

Speaking on the announcement of the trials, Mr Mukul Choudhari, Chief, Sports Excellence Centres, Tata Steel said, “This initiative gives us an opportunity to provide an ideal ambience for promising footballers to develop their potential to the fullest. TFA not only provides intensive training but also all-round development opportunities with facilities for formal education and vocational training. We will continue to train budding footballers and encourage them to reach greater heights in professional football.”

Placed below is the schedule for the trials:

Place Venue Date
Jharkhand Ranchi College Ground 24th & 25th Nov. 2017
Odisha Unit VI Ground, BBSR 28th & 29th Nov. 2017
Jharkhand West Singhbhum Sports Assn, Ground, Chaibasa 3rd & 4th Dec. 2017
Jharkhand Musabani Stadium 6th Dec. 2017
Banaras Benia Bagh Ground 14th Dec. 2017
Haryana Rewari 16th Dec. 2017
Punjab SGGS Khalsa College Mahilpur 18th Dec. 2017
J & K TRC Artificial Turf Ground, Srinagar 21st Dec. 2017
Delhi Noida Stadium - Sector 12 23rd & 24th Dec. 2017
Jharkhand Silli Stadium, Turf pitch 27th & 28th Dec. 2017
Bihar Police Line Ground, Patna 3rd & 4th Jan. 2018
West Bengal Ground 2 - Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Complex 7th & 8th Jan. 2018
Assam Duliajan Football Academy Ground 4th & 5th Feb. 2018
Manipur Artificial Turf Ground, Khuman Lampak 7th & 8th Feb. 2018
Nagaland   10th Feb. 2018
Arunachal Pradesh Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun 12th & 13th Feb. 2018
Sikkim Namchi Singithang Play Ground, South Sikkim 15th & 16th Feb. 2018
West Bengal Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri 18th & 19th Feb. 2018
West Bengal Kalyani Stadium, Kalyani 22nd & 23rd Feb. 2018
Odisha VSS Stadium, Sambalpur 26th & 27th Feb. 2018
Kerala Corporation Football Ground, Thrissur 3rd Mar. 2018

The eligibility criteria are:

  • Born between 1.1.2002 and 31.12.2003
  • Minimum height should be 5ft 6in
  • Minimum weight should be 55 kgs


The participating players will need to carry the following during the time of trials:

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Panchayat, Registrar of Births & Deaths, Municipal Corporation or any other Government equivalent authority (Original and a copy). The date of Registration of Birth mentioned in the certificate should be within one year of the actual date of birth of player.
  • Copy of Aadhar Card
  • Letter from the School Principal certifying the age and class in which you are studying as per the school records (Original and a copy)
  • 2 nos. Passport size photograph
  • Full personal playing kit 


About Tata Football Academy: The basic objective of Tata Football Academy is to provide the mainstream of national football with a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards. The strategy is simple – “CATCH THEM YOUNG” and give them the best, in terms of training them with modern technique, tactics, physical and psychological conditioning and related inputs. Keeping this in mind, promising youngsters are selected from tournaments at various grass root level. Budding talent is scouted for all over the country in the age group of 14 years, trained for four years and fed to the mainstream after graduation and at the expiry of a conditional contract, to seek a career in professional football. Unique in Asia, the Academy is geared to molding tomorrow’s winners – a dynamic new breed of footballers – dedicated to performing at international levels of excellence, who embody within themselves the promise of success. Equipped to match international standards, the Academy, built on 25000 sq. ft. amidst green surroundings, accommodates 40 trainees.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.

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