UK’s first South Asian football tournament launched in Derby
London — The UK’s first South Asian football tournament has launched in Derby.
IPL Soccer aims to break down barriers and to provide a spring board for British Asians into professional football.
7% of the UK’s population are from South Asian backgrounds. That’s about 3.5 million people.
Despite this, there are just 12 British South Asian male footballers playing in the 92 English football teams, a mere 0.3% of the 4,000 professional players, according to IPL Soccer.
They’re hoping this tournament, which will be held annually, will tackle this issue, with professional scouts being invited to the tournament from a number of professional clubs.The competition consists of four teams, Birmingham Challengers, Derby Crusaders, Leicester Galacticos and London Warriors, , ITV reports.
Each team is backed and owned by South Asian celebrities such as Neha Sharma, Bambi Bains, Juggy D, Sunny Leone, Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom.