Roots Football Club launch held at the Press Club - 9 August 2022
Roots Football has been working in grassroot football in Bangalore for the last 13 years. Over the years we have produced players who have gone on to represent state and country after graduating from Roots.

As football has evolved in the country, so have we at Roots. Our academy has grown from 6 pupils /trainees in 2009, the year we took roots, to 1500 today. From 6 students coached by 2 trainers at a single centre we now have 25 trainers / coaches at  12 locations / schools across the city. Most importantly, our students have flowered, taken wings, and been selected by I-League and ISL teams, and also represented the Karnataka state and India Youth teams.  

Our efforts and small contribution to Indian football have been recognised by the AIFF, and today we enjoy two-star certification.

But in our journey we have been confronted with one harsh truth: there are very few opportunities for footballers in the age group of 18 to 22 – unless one is in an I-League or ISL team.

It is this challenge that we want to take head on. We believe in a bottom-up approach to take Karnataka football forward, and that the youth of our state deserve a genuine shot at the big leagues. It is these two fundamental beliefs that have egged us on to launch our next big move: form a team for the Super Division.

Our team, the Roots Football Club, will participate in the Super Division from this year but more importantly, it will provide a platform for the Big Take-off for young footballers from our state. With 21 players at an average age of 21.2 years and a few experienced footballers to guide them, the Roots Football Club team will be the youngest outfit in the league. It is a unique project and we are excited about it.

The team is coached by Mr Srikanth Rajan, an AFC “B Licence” coach, and his assistant Mr Sunil Kurup, also with an AFC “B License”. Possession-based football is our mantra and we look forward to entertaining the crowds with our brand of play in the upcoming months.

We are looking at building a sustainable club culture and our long-term goals will always put the player first. Player growth will involve trying to loan out players during our offseason to teams in other leagues. This will help our trainees gain exposure, which only comes from playing competitive matches.

Roots Academy is also proud to announce the progress made in promoting women’s soccer. Our women’s programme started two years ago, and it is great satisfaction we note that our team has qualified for the Women’s Super-Division this season. We look forward to greater success for our girls and we are sure, with your patronage and good wishes, they will achieve it. The Women’s team will be coached by Arokianath Robin who’s a AFC B Licence certificate holder.

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