What is Roots Football League (RFL)?

RFL is a football league for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 15. The league provides an opportunity for individuals to register for the league and play matches against other children of same age group. The children are divided into teams based on skill and age category.

Who runs the RFL?

RFL is a grassroots initiative of Game On Sports Management Pvt Ltd ( a sports management company based in Bangalore. The league is run along with the support of parents as coaches and managers of the various teams.

What age categories is the RFL held for?

Under 15
Born on or after 1/1/2005 and on or before 31/12/2007
Under 12
Born on or after 1/6/2008 and on or before 31/12/2009
Under 10
Born on or after 1/1/2010 and on or before 31/05/2012
Under 8
Born on or after 1/6/2012 and on or before 31/12/2014

How are teams made?

On finalization of the list of confirmed participants, the children in each age category are assessed based on their skill level during the skill assessment day. The players are distributed into teams with the goal of balancing the teams at the start of the season taking into consideration skill, school, age etc. The purpose would be to avoid making one team too strong or too weak, so that teams are able to compete against each other.

How do I register for RFL?

Through the on-line Registration form on this website.

What is the last date for registration?

The last date for registration is 22nd December 2019. Register by 15th December 2019 and get free complimentary coaching sessions by Roots FS coaches.

What documents are considered as age proof?

Birth certificate issued by a municipal authority / District office of Registrar of Births and Deaths or a passport copy are only accepted as documents for proof of date of birth. School identity cards or similar documents will not be considered.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee for Season 8 (2020) of the league is Rs. 3850/- which includes 18% GST. One set of jersey and shorts are complimentary. Our sponsors, partners and volunteers help us by sharing some of the costs.

Is there a discount for siblings?

Siblings can avail a discount of 10% on the registration fee if the payment is made together.

How do I make the payment?

The payment can be made through the Website Payment Partner (Instamojo)

When does the league start?

The RFL league is from January – February each year. The skill assessments and orientation sessions start from early January, followed by warm up matches for the newly formed teams and the league finishes by end of February.

What day and time are the matches?

The league is scheduled during weekends. Most of the league matches will be held on Saturdays / Sundays between 11.45 noon – 5 pm. Please refer to the time line for more detailed schedule.

Is ability of the child a criteria for participation?

The purpose of RFL is to provide children an opportunity to play football in an organised manner. Even though matches will tend to be be competitive; participation and enjoying the game will be given equal importance. Coaches will be directed to give opportunities to all children in a team to play.

What if the child is unable to attend a match?

Since the season is spread across 2 months, we know it might not be possible for all children to attend all matches. Children should not miss matches unless in unavoidable circumstances or emergencies. In case you are unable to attend a match ensure that the team coach and manager are given prior notice. Children who miss 2 matches in a row without legitimate reasons might not be allowed to take further part in the league.

How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved as coaches or managers. You could also volunteer in helping run the league. Otherwise you could just come to the pitch as a spectator and cheer your child and other participants of the league. Parents are expected to follow the parental code of conduct and encourage others to follow the same as well.

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