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The interest in football (aka soccer) among young fans of the sport in India has seen an upward swing. With big clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool opening football schools in India, football fans will have a new dimension of this sport to look forward to soon -- Swamp Soccer.


Players in action at the Swamp Soccer World Championships in Hyrynsalmi, Finland. Pic/AFP

As the name suggests, this form of football is played in swamps with a team of six, the field is a quarter of the size of a regular football field, and the same set of rules apply except that there is no offside rule! “A lot of academies have opened up in the country and the interest in football among the youth has definitely increased of late.

Though, cricket still is widely played in India, the increase in the number of followers of this sport in India made us feel that it is the right time to bring Swamp Soccer here and offer a newer experience for those who love this sport,” says Kamlesh Sharma, MD of Convergence Events, who along with his friend Sanjay Parekh will be organising league Swamp Soccer matches in four cities in the country, including Mumbai.Sharma aims to increase awareness and interest about the event by opening several temporary swamp grounds around widely visited public spaces such as malls. These swamps will be open for teams to practise, too.

32 teams will be selected from each of the four cities (Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai) and the final winner will also get to represent India at the Swamp Soccer World Cup in Scotland in 2014. The swamps will be ready for matches by the end of March 2014. Watch this space for updates! 

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