Shillong, Jan 16: Meghalaya will take on Haryana in their first match of Group C of the Junior National Football Championship (Tier 1) for the Dr BC Roy Trophy on the opening day – 28th January.

Meghalaya will then play Odisha on 30th January and Sports Authority of India on 1st February, the Meghalaya Football Association said in a press release today.

The 27 matches will be played at Polo Ground. Sixteen teams have been divided into four groups, with four group matches per day. The top team from each group will qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals will be held on 3rd and 4th February, with the final slated for 6th February.

The Dr BC Roy Trophy follows a promotion-relegation system, with the top two teams from Tier 2 promoted to Tier 1, with the bottom two of Tier 1 dropping into the lower tier.

The MFA said that it is confident not only in the potential of the Meghalaya boys, who have been training diligently for this mega-event under the eye of the MFA’s Youth Development Cell, but also in the ability of the state to organise the championship in a befitting manner after successfully hosting the Indian Women’s League and U-18 Youth League (now Elite League) in 2018.

The Association also encouraged the football-loving people of Meghalaya to come out and support the boys as they embark on their campaign to become national champions.

Meghalaya group fixtures:
vs Haryana, 28 January
vs Odisha, 30 January
vs Sports Authority of India, 1 February

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