Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: 35 top women footballers of India are now attending a workshop conducted by FIFA at Barabati Stadium here in the city. The workshop aims at focusing on overall skill development of the players so that they can improve their game on field.

The workshop is likely to play a crucial role in development of women's football in India and particularly in Odisha as it is being held under the guidance of AFC Technical Officer from Germany Anja Plausevic, head coach of Indian women's team Maymol Rocky, assistant coach Chouba Devi and goal-keeping coach Ronibala Chanu.

The FIFA workshop and refresher course was inaugurated by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Mayor Minakshi Behera on Sunday at OCA Conference Hall at Barabati Stadium.

"I feel wonderful to be here in Cuttack and it is great to see the excitement among girls for the game in Odisha. I am satisfied with the arrangements made by Football Association of Odisha (FAO). We are going to conduct team building exercises, post match analysis and will also make a proper plan for the future tournaments of the Indian women's team," said AFC Technical Officer, Anja Plausevic.

"This is workshop is basically organised for building a team that can perform as a unit. FAO is actively promoting women's football in the State and a workshop like this will certainly be helpful for many players including local players," said head coach of Indian women's football team, Maymol Rocky.

Women football coaches of Odisha Shradhanjali Samantaray, Gitanjali Khuntia and Mamata Kumari Samanta will also take part in the Coach Refreshers Course which is scheduled to begin from March 7, FAO officials said.

"We are really thankful to AIFF and FAO for organising such a workshop in Odisha for overall development of Indian women's team. I am sure that this workshop will be helpful for all the players as well as the coaches of the State," said former Indian captain Shradhanjali Samantaray.