KARACHI: Leisure Leagues is organizing Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) Leisure Leagues Inter-District Football Tournament simultaneously at five venues in Karachi, with 20 matches to be played on the first day, from December 30.
A total of 100 teams – twenty teams from each of the five districts namely District South, Central, East, Malir and West will be seen in action during the grand tournament. More than nine hundred matches will be played to eventually identify ‘Leisure Leagues Karachi Champion’.
Each team will comprise ten players. Seven players play at a time for a team in the Leisure Leaguers format. There is no restriction of rolling of substitution in the game.
Each player participating in the tournament will receive free kit and football shoes.
“These types of sports events help our youth to use their energies in the right place. We believe this tournament would develop a taste for healthy activities while improving their football skills,” Leisure Leagues Chief Operating Officer Ishaq Shah said.
On December 23, Leisure Leagues held a training workshop for referees and match supervisors at 16-Star Football Ground in order to prepare them for the forthcoming mega tournament.
The twenty teams of a district will be divided into two groups – Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’. Each team in a group will play 18 matches, two matches against every other team in the Group. A total of 900 matches will be played in the first double-league stage.
Top teams from Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ will play District final and a District Champion will emerge. Subsequently, the champions from the five districts will play in a ‘Champions League’, playing one match against each other. The top team from the league will become ‘Leisure Leagues Karachi Champions’.
Leisure Leagues is holding tournaments across the country including Lahore, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Mardan, Quetta and Rawalpindi. Jacobabad and Gilgit are next in line. Leisure Leagues is looking forward to enhance their presence in more cities in near future.
The city champions of Leisure Leagues will then play in Leisure Leagues National Tournament, tentatively in March 2018.