The first ever Guwahati Futsal Festival witnessed an overwhelming response from the futsal enthusiasts of the state. In the first season itself the futsal extravaganza witnessed participation of 48 teams and gathering of around 4000 spectators during the two-day event. Held on 10 th and 11 th April last at Bhogeshwari Phukanani Indoor Stadium in Dispur, the event kicked-off with an exhibition match between News 18 and the GFF organising committee where the media house stood victorious by a 7-6 margin in a penalty shoot-out. The exhibition match was followed by the six stages of the championship where Narengi FC claimed the top spot defeating Flamingo FC by 7-6 margin in a penalty shootout. The event also witnessed Sonu Chetry and Himagshu Chauhan dribble their way through freestyle championship held during the event. Rahul Ingti of Narengi FC claimed the top scorer title by scoring 8 goals and Pritam Regon of Rural Soccer Club (A) claimed the title of best goalkeeper in the futsal spectacle held under the aegis of Premier Futsal. Apart from Guwahati, teams from Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Morigaon, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Baksa, Musalpur, Nalbari and several other parts of the state participated in the event.
Within the sporting extravaganza, the event also witnessed the presence Zubeen Garg, Babu, Durga Boro and Sabari Nair, Vice-president, Premier Futsal, Jitu Talukdar, Vice-chairman, AIDC where Zubeen, Babu and Boro exchanged shots in the concluding match and claimed victory by 5-4 margin against the GFF organising committee.
Addressing the audience during the prize distribution ceremony, Nair expressed gratification to witness the massive participation of youngsters. He also expressed his desire to see youngsters from the region participating in events held across the nation. Guwahati Futsal Festival, through a tie-up with Premiere Futsal League, had provided a platform for youngsters to register for the Premiere Futsal Launchpad.
The spectacle was initiated by Kaustove Moni Kakoti, Kaustab Chakraborty and Lio Sengrang and the trio, with the vision of promoting football and outdoor sports among the youth, had introduced the first ever futsal tournament. Expressing fulfilment at the success and immense support of the youth, Kaustab Chakraborty said, “I am at awe to witness such prodigious participation of teams from all over Assam. We are grateful to Sport Authority of Assam, Assam Youth Futsal Association and all our supporters who had helped us in making ends meet. We are hopeful to organise the second edition of the GFF in a much bigger way next year.”
The tournament was played in 5 v 5 a-sides format as per the rules of Futsal Association of India.