Nagaland pulls out of Santosh Trophy

Correspondent Kohima, Feb 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/7/2019 11:16:35 AM IST
Nagaland football team, after failing to register players in the Centralised Registration System (CRS), has backed out of participating in the Northeast Zone qualifying round for Santosh Trophy which is scheduled to begin in Aizawl, Mizoram from February 11, and continue till February 16.
Nagaland was set to play against Assam in the first match on February 12 but now Assam will get a walkover in the qualifying match. Backing out this year from the tournament means that the State team has now failed to participate in Santosh Trophy for the third consecutive year.
Nagaland Football Association (NFA) president Atuo Mezhur confirmed that Nagaland would not be participating in Santosh Trophy and told this correspondent that there have been some problems with registering for the CRS.
The president clarified the names for the players have to be submitted 15 days before the match, but the association was unable to do so because district presidents gave no response despite being told beforehand that detailed information of players would be required.
“We already have about 100 football players that are already registered under CRS but only 6 of them were selected for Santosh trophy”, he added.
When asked about the players stationed in the preparation camp at IG Stadium, he said senior players will be sent back home, but U-21 players will stay back in the camp to prepare for the upcoming U-21 Dr. T. Ao. Trophy.
Kwethelhi Thopi, former Aizawl FC player said the Nagaland Football Association had earlier asked football players to register in 2013, which “some of did but most didn’t”. 
He added that the NFA did not put any restrictions on players playing tournaments out of the CRS banner, which he felt should have been controlled.
One source said it was lack of professional clubs in the state, due to which teams failed to register in the CRS. The source pointed out that every district football player for every age group should be registered under CRS to play in the national level.
CRS registration mandatory for all football players
All India Football Federation (AIFF) has made mandatory registration of all the players and clubs in the Centralised Registration System (CRS).  
According to, the players who fail to register in CRS will not be allowed to take part in any district, state, and national competitions as per the AIFF rules and regulations.
Nagaland Football Association, through a notification, has requested all football players above 13 years of age to register in the AIFF CRS. Football clubs can contact Nagaland Football Association for further queries by email at

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