Football: Scholes signs up for Indian futsal league

Paul Scholes has signed a three-year deal to play in India's new futsal league.
Paul Scholes has signed a three-year deal to play in India's new futsal league.PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Manchester United and England great Paul Scholes has signed a three-year deal to play in India's new futsal league which starts next month, according to a statement released on Thursday.

The inaugural edition of Premier Futsal, an indoor variant of football where players use a smaller and less bouncier ball than in the traditional game, will run from July 15-26.

"Futsal is a fascinating format that has played a pivotal role in developing the skills of some of the greatest football players," Scholes, 41, said in the statement released by organisers.

"Premier Futsal will be a great way to introduce the sport to India and I'm looking forward to meeting the fans across India who I know are some of the most passionate in the world," he added.

Scholes won 11 Premier League titles, as well as two Champions League trophies, during more than 700 appearances for English giants Manchester United before retiring in 2013.

Futsal is five-a-side and is played on a hard-court surface. Premier Futsal is the latest franchise-based sporting competition in India following the Indian Premier League and Premier Badminton League among others.