By Arjun Singh, Batch of 2013
“NFL has brought a tide of change in NSIT, a revival of sports. Cricket and Basket Ball to follow it’s lead with NCL and NBL.”
Have the terms Maalgadi United and Some Team as terms being thrown around in the college corridors left you perplexed? If yes, then these are NSIT’s very own football clubs that belong to the recently launched NSIT Football League or NFL. NFL has been welcomed by NSITians with great gusto, enthusiasm, eagerness and great fervour. It is a welcome change to see the once empty playgrounds being put to good use: team practice in one corner and league matches in the other.
The idea of the league was borrowed from DCE (now DTU). Initially popularized by Samvid Sharma, 2nd year computer engineering, a systematic structure / frame-work for the same has now been put in place by an enthusiastic group of third year students. NFL is closely aligned with the models followed by international foot-ball leagues. Some of its salient features are a point based system for winning and losing matches, and an elaborate mechanism for player management. Players are classified into three categories on the basis of their ability to play. Team captains and managers then utilize the points initially awarded to them to form their teams. While most students got a chance to be a part of the league, it was disheartening to see that first years could not participate due to the strict restrictions placed on senior junior communication.
The matches were a welcome break from the mundane college life for the players as well as the crowd as they witnessed some top class football action. To make the whole process more fun, the organizers has come up with interesting ideas: such as teams being christened with interesting names, including “Maalgadi United” , “Some team”, awards such as the Golden Boot being distributed at the end of the game as is done in international leagues.
Though the league is not affiliated with the college, it is self sufficient: buying all its logistics, prize money, footballs etc from the revenue it generated from the registrations. The organizers believe a logical direction for the league will be a long time association with NSIT. The main organizers associated with the league are Prateek Jha, Rachit Malhotra and Abhas Bhargava. They have many things planned for the future editions of the league such having finals, semi-finals out of the top four finalists, increasing number of teams , among other ideas.
Seeing the success of NFL, a cricket league has just been started and a basketball league is next in the fray, all lined up the upcoming semester. It appears that NSIT is (finally!) going to have some regular and well organized sporting action. And before we sign off, here are the ups and downs of the game. We believe all the teams were winners for participating in NSIT‟s first ever successfully organized football league. Kudos and cheers to all!
Players posing before the match started: Red Nights Vs Dakota Sioux