Capturing the Limelight for your Local Football Team

Cover Image by Sayali Ranade

Football is a team sport.

Having a team get recognized is completely an art on its own. This is called team management. There should be a systematic approach toward building a proper team as well as managing it to become affiliated with a recognized football association in India.

Grabbing the Limelight

A football team requires steady financial support from a local government body or external sponsor. The team would require training peripherals and jerseys for playing their best game. Lack of proper training equipment will lead to a lack of focus and fitness within the team. Normally local bodies like a panchayat can easily support a local team. The representatives of the team will have to maintain contact with the local bodies regarding financial and administrative matters.

Then a fixed squad of talented players is required to uphold the identity and spirit of the club. They should be dispensable and dedicated assets of the club. The public should see the overall identity of the football team through the players. It is best to keep the main squad and a reserve team. A fixed number of players is essential for a systematic approach. Especially a locally grown team would require home-grown talent which needs to be showcased.

The arrival of social media has completely changed the ways in which you can support and promote your local football team. A team profile page and a dedicated content creator who can design a crest logo, and flag as well as create digital content that archives the achievements and more information about the team can gradually create a platform where the team is widely recognized.

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Identity of the Team

The team needs a unique name that can borrow the name of the area from where they originated. The local grounds can be declared as the home ground after taking permission from the local authorities. The team also needs jerseys for which they can request financial help from external sponsors. They can also use bootstrapped financing for this matter.

The players need a proper manager who can easily control the team. He decides everything the team has to do. Normally a former football player of the club or a football coach is given this responsibility. Professional football management is one of the key elements to ensuring that your team has a unique and eloquent identity. The team must be supportive of their coach. The coach decides the training and the plan in which the team plays. It includes formations, selection of the final eleven, and preparations for the upcoming tournaments.

The most ideal captain for the team is the player who can understand the tactics of the coach. He must be able to bind the vision of the coach with the skills of the players. He should be firm and should make good decisions that are beneficial for the team.

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Maintaining the image

Nothing increases the overall growth of the team like the tournaments it takes part in. The players need to play properly, and the skills of the manager will be tested accordingly as well. The plans of the manager must be executed to perfection by the players. Winning matches and tournaments would make the team more famous. It also would boost morale and unity within the squad.

     Hosting local tournaments with the support of the local government can also improve the image of the team. Hosting a tournament puts the team on the map as well as expresses the self-sufficiency and discipline followed by the squad. But at the end of the day, the fame of the team comes from the talent and skill exhibited by the players. The road to forming a local association for football is full of hurdles. But with a collaborative effort, it is possible to create a team that plays football of the highest order.


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