Shillong, Jun 7: The U-20 Fourth Division 2023 of the Shillong Sports Association will begin on 3rd July.

Teams seeking to enter the bottom rung of the SSA’s men’s football pyramid must pay an entry fee of Rs 500 before 24th June. Teams that have already paid the renewal affiliation fee for 2023 are eligible to participate.

Prize money will remain the same – the champions will receive a mere Rs 30,000 and the runners-up Rs 15,000.

Tynring were the champions last year, having beaten Pay For Right Football Academy on penalties in the final.

Registration forms of Rs 50 per sheet will be supplied by the SSA to the club on the day that the entry fee is received. Players must have been born on or after 1st January 2003. Birth certificates issued by municipal authorities and/or health centres will be accepted as proof of date of birth. School certificates will not be accepted as proof.

However, mere possession of a birth certificate will not mean automatic eligibility as the SSA will scrutinise all the players before the start of the league and reserves the right to reject players without valid documents and the association will not entertain protests as to its decisions.

The player registration fee is Rs 20 per player and clubs can register not more than 25 and no late registration will be entertained. Players must complete registration at the SSA office on or before 30th June and must submit a photocopy of their birth certificate at the time. Teams can also register a maximum of three officials.

(TSR file photo)

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