The government of Meghalaya gives all the emphasis on sports in the state. There are specific sports associations and departments to look after different sports in the Meghalaya. They are:
Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Meghalaya
The Government of Meghalaya had set up a separate Directorate for Sports and youth Affairs as per the Notification No:EDN-177/83/80 dated 18th March 1985, with headquarter at Shillong. The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs is responsible for the promotion of sports and youth welfare programmes in the state of Meghalaya. The department also monitors the functioning of the State Olympic Association, District Sports Offices, State Level Sports Associations, District and Sub-Divisional Sports Associations and clubs and schools undertaking sports and games activities in the State.
Meghalaya Olympic Association
R. G. Lyngdoh-President
Meghalaya State Olympic Association,
U Tirot Sing Indoor Sports Hall,
Shillong - 793001
Archery Association of Meghalaya
P.B.War Nongbri-Genl. Secretary
Meghalaya Boxing Association
Shri John Kharshiing-Presiden
Meghalaya State Badminton Association
Phone no: 943610079
The people of Meghalaya are very enthusiastic when it comes to football. Children take up the sports at a very young age. The football clubs in Meghalaya also offer lot of scope for new comers.
Meghalaya Football Association (MFA)
The Meghalaya Football Association (MFA) is one of the 36 Indian State Football Associations affiliated to the All India Football Federation with its headquarters at in Shillong.
Shillong 793 001
Mr. S.S. Rapthap,
Secretary of Meghalaya Football Association
Phone no: 09862100001, 0364-2221537, 2222576
Football Clubs in Meghalaya
Shillong Lajong Football Club
Shillong Lajong Football Club was established an I-League football club in the year 1983. The main objective of the club is to improve the standard of football in the state and to spot, train and nurture local talent of the state of Meghalaya.
I-League 2nd Division: Winners (2011)
Federation Cup: Runners up (2009-10)
Also Read: Shillong Lajong Football Club
Northeast United Football Club
Northeast United Football Club was founded on 15 August 2014. It is an Indian Super League football franchise in Guwahati, Assam. The club recently played in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The Club is owned by Bollywood actor John Abraham and I-League club, Shillong Lajong. NorthEast United FC represents the 8 states of India - Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim,Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.
Rangdajied United FC
Rangdajied United FC is an Indian football club from Meghalaya. This club was founded in the year 1987. The club was formerly known as Ar-Hima Football Club. Rangdajied United FC have qualified for I-League next season by winning the 2013 I-League 2nd Division Final Round that was held at Bangalore.
Similarly like football people of Meghalaya are also very fond of cricket. Though there aren't too many cricket clubs or coaching centres in Meghalaya, yet the children pick up the game watching on TV.
Meghalaya Cricket Association
Meghalaya Cricket Association is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Affiliate Member. The association is the governing body of the Cricket activities in Meghalaya and the Meghalaya cricket team.
Meghalaya also has produced some of the best sportsmen in the country. The names of Aiborlang Khongjee and Redeem Tlang both footballers shine in the sports arena of Meghalaya.
Khongjee was born 1983 in a small town in jaintia hills. He is an Indian football player currently playing for I League club Shillong Lajong as a defender. He also played inaugural edition of the Indian Super League for NorthEast United.
Redeem Tlang was born 22 February 1995. This young Indian professional footballer plays as a striker for Shillong Lajong in the I-League. He was also selected For the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League for NorthEast United.
Nehru Stadium is a football stadium in Shillong. It is used mainly for football matches and hosts the home matches of Shillong Lajong FC of the I-League. Before professional football was played in Shillong, the stadium was created for football and track and field sports at an amateur level. In 2009, the football club known as Shillong Lajong F.C earned promotion to the top-tier of Indian football I-League and as a result started using the Nehru Stadium as there ground. The team regularly drew thirty thousand fans for the games which was surprising considering that the stadium can only hold twenty thousand seats. After relegation the stadium was again used for Lajong games in the I-League 2nd Division for the 2011 Season Final Round.