Football has always been the greatest passion of Malappuram. Whenever a ball is taken to the ground, it creates a festival ambience here. Go to the streets, markets or beach you would be surprised to see people in the jersey of Brazil and Argentina. Often the district is deemed as the soccer hotspot of Kerala, so much so that the football freaks of the place have invented a shorter version of the game called Sevens. The rules are different and so are the playing time and ground
Sevens is the trade mark of Malappuram Football .each team will have seven players. The match will be played for an hour. The ground will be comparatively smaller. Red cards are rarely taken out by the referee and offside rules are mostly overlooked. People believe that the lack of large grounds is the reason for the development of this different version of soccer.
Almost all the villages in Malappuram will be having a club of their own. Sevens festival season in Malappuram often extends from November to May. Nowadays players are recruited even from foreign countries like Nigeria, Sudan and Africa.
Elevens is the actual form of football each team has 11 players. but its not that much familiar in malappuram district. any way AIFF (All India Football Federation) organize Federation cup (One of the prominent tournament in India) it was one of the well succeed tournament of AIFF history https://www.the-aiff.com/news-center-details.htm?id=5424
In fives Each team have 5 players and it is not a actual form of football in this tournament players shows their muscles and its the game of blind finishing and passing small it has only a small court normally fives plays in wet land,sandy places etc
its a jaunt conducted bye Media one (Malayalam TV Channel)
Malappuram and its affair with the beautiful game
Even with the onslaught of cricket, sevens football is in a strong wicket in Malappuram. The game is almost synonymous with the district and its people, who are largely responsible for its increasing popularity in the State today………..
Malappuram is bounded by the Nilgiris hills on the East and the Arabian Sea on the west. District of Malappuram is literally the land atop the hills, is remarkable for its unique natural beauty. Perched among the undulating hills and the meandering rivers that flow to reach the coconut-fringed seacoast, the land conceals a unique and eventful history. Home to the khilafath movement and the mappila revolts, which questioned the British authority in India, Malappuram was the military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times. The hill country also contributed much to the cultural artistic traditions of the state. The mosques and temples of the land are known for their spectacular festivals. The land of great poets and writers, political and religious leaders, the district has carved a unique place of its own in the history of Kerala. It has in store, a hoary past with Zamorin’s rule, Mamankam festival, Vellattiri’s revenge and the resultant Chaver Pada (suicidal squad), the British rule and indiscriminate oppression of the masses in connivance with exploiting landlords, the National and the Khilafat movement, the Malabar rebellion and the such. The land of great poets and writers, political and religious leaders, this district has carved a place of it’s own in the history of Kerala. The Kings of Valluvanad, the Zamorins, the Kings of Perumpadappu Swarupam and the Kings of Vettathunadu, were the early rulers. The Portuguese, Mysore sultans and the Britishers had their sway over this place, partly or wholly. But the unique social and cultural heritage is preserved.