Odisha Gets Its Own Indian Super League Football Club
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today signed an agreement with the Delhi Soccer Private Limited to launch the Indian Super League (ISL) club ‘Odisha FC’ in Bhubaneswar.
As part of the club’s operations in Odisha, the Club’s first team, youth teams, youth football development program and grassroots football development program will be based in the state of Odisha.
The state government will support the club to relocate to Bhubaneswar through the provision of world-class infrastructure for the home matches of the team in the ISL and practice facilities, among other support needed by the club for smooth operations in the State.
The Government will also liaise with and support the club in its football development activities to further bolster the footballing landscape in the State of Odisha.
On this partnership, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I congratulate and extend a warm welcome to Odisha FC and Indian Super League. It is a significant development towards the promotion of football in Odisha. I am sure this partnership would inspire our State’s footballers to pursue the beautiful game of football with greater commitment.”
Odisha FC Owner, Anil Sharma said, “I am honoured Odisha FC will be a part of Odisha’s journey to develop a football community and further encourage sporting excellence in the state. Time and again, Odisha has demonstrated its passion for sports and we are proud to bring its own football club to the people of the state. The addition of this new club in the Indian Super League—the topmost and most competitive football league of the country—will herald a new era of football in Odisha history and we thank the Government of Odisha for their support in this endeavour. We are committed to the development of football not only in the state but also the country as a whole and Odisha FC is another step closer to making India a global football superpower.”