The 10-day tournament will be held in the country from July 15.

Figo, who played with distinction for top Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, will be the president of the first-ever futsal league, started by Indian entrepreneurs under the entity Premier Futsal Management private limited, it was announced at a media conference here.

The tournament is to bring together 56 top futsal players from 21 countries across the world with each team comprising three international players, one international marquee soccer player and one Indian player.

Each squad would be made up of 12 players. The league, in association with Futsal Association of India, would launch a talent programme across eight cities to identify five regional players of each team. The eight cities/states having franchise outfits are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Goa.

Figo, the 43-year-old former FIFA World Player of the Year, said that it was a new challenge for him and he looked forward to succeeding in it as he had done as a player earlier.

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