The adidas Creators Premier League is all set hit the grounds in Mumbai, the league will be held on 20th of January. This tournament is a star-studded, women’s tournament, with women from various arenas of work – right from Bollywood stars to the top executives and CEO/owners of some of the most prominent companies of India participating in the league. This revolutionary football game format has been conceptualized by Leap Pro Sports in partnership with adidas. Every team will be formed by semi-pro football women players and one leading lady from another side of the spectrum.
Throwing the gauntlet to challenge the status quo of men’s only sports, Actor Rannvijay Singha & Leap Pro Sports is organising India’s first semi-professional football league for women.
The idea behind the league is to bring forth the deserving players in the limelight while providing a platform for women in the corporate world to take up sports as a fitness routine. Many renowned Bollywood celebrities like Bruna Abdullah, Aarti Khetrepal, Alankrita Sahai, Celebrity fitness trainer Kimberly Shah, Manisha Kelkar – first female formula one racer, Alisha Chauhan – Owner Parle Agro, Ayesha Mansukhani – Owner Onida are participating in this league.
The league comprises of people who have played professional football in their prime, or people who work and play good football. The league has 20 owners with 16 men and 4 women teams with a total of 400 players picked through a draft process. The teams play with each other and the winner takes the crown and cash prize of the adidas Creators Premier League.
About the idea & concept of the league, Rannvijay said “Women are finally getting their long overdue credit in every sphere of our lives. The society has had an awakening of sorts in the past few years, and that’s a really positive sign for things to come. We believe that getting involved in sports is an amazing way for women to gain fitness, and express themselves and their leadership finesse. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative, surrounded by some of the most talented and incredible women, this is just the beginning of a beautiful journey.”
Mr. Hemant Sharma, Co-Founder, adidas Creators Premier League said, “We are trying to build a strong foundation for the sports ecosystem in India by providing a platform for semi-professional football players and corporate professionals to play in pan –India tournaments, so if men can participate in the tournament why shouldn’t the women? There are huge success stories in Indian women sports, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu etc. They all have one thing I’m common, a will to create success and backing from the right people. We are here for the latter part.”