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Indian Football: Kalyan Chaubey Announces Ambitious Plans for Women’s Football – Newly elected AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey has some ambitious plans to develop women’s football,…

Indian football: Kalyan Chaubey announces ambitious plans for women’s football Newly elected AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey has some ambitious plans to develop women’s football, starting with reducing
inequality in pay with their male colleagues. Follow InsideSport.IN for Indian Football updates

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Chaubey also made his plans to revive some old tournaments including the Santosh Trophy to have a good supply chain for the national team. “We want to have a minimum salary cap for female footballers so that there is not much (salary) difference with their male counterparts and it is at a respectable level. We also want to make the IWL better than before.” Chaubey said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Indian Football: Newly elected AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey Announces Ambitious Plans for Women’s Football, Check Out

“We will also try that there is not much difference in the fee that a player gets when they represent a nation. We will ensure that their fee is also increased.”

Chaubey did not elaborate on what he meant by ‘fee’ of the national team players.

Currently, each of the men’s and women’s national team players receive the same amount of around $30 as unemployment benefits per international match. The financial plight of the female players was highlighted by the iconic Bembem Devi last year when she termed the amount as “peanuts”.

“Women players don’t get good money when they play for a club in the IWL. The club will always ask the players to take less money, say Rs 50,000 or Rs 60,000. This amount is actually peanuts.” she had said last November.

In terms of prize money, the IWL winners got Rs 10 lakh last season, which was even less than what the fourth-placed I-League team got – Rs 25 lakh.

In comparison, the I-League winners got Rs 1 crore, while the I-League Division 2 champions were awarded Rs 50 lakh.

U-17 Women’s League announced

The AIFF chief also announced the start of the U-17 Women’s League, which will be held in association with the Sports Authority of India.

Indian Football: Newly elected AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey Announces Ambitious Plans for Women’s Football, Check Out

With the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup scheduled in a month’s time, AIFF plans to promote the event by holding matches at 40 venues in India in association with SAI.

“In collaboration with the Center and SAI, we will have at least 40 matches at 40 locations to promote the event and make people aware of the World Cup,” he said.

India will play friendlies against Vietnam, Singapore this month

While the AIFF’s new executive committee will take a decision on the future of India head coach Igor Stimac at its meeting here on September 18, Chaubey said the national team would play two friendlies against Vietnam and Singapore this month.

Asked how the federation planned to make proper use of the FIFA window for friendlies, Chaubey said: “This month we will play two matches in Vietnam – one against Vietnam and one against Singapore.”

Chaubey also said that the AIFF would recommend two former footballers from Bengal for the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award this year. “We will submit their names before the September 15 deadline,” he said without naming names.

Revival of old tournaments. Announcing his plans to revive some old tournaments, he said: “One of our goals is to revive the tournaments that we grew up watching. We have used a time frame of 100 days to check the feasibility. We want a U-21 championship along with junior, sub-junior tournaments.

“India is a big country and nothing less than a continent, every 200 kilometers there is a different language, food and culture.

Indian Football: Newly elected AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey Announces Ambitious Plans for Women’s Football, Check Out

“So in this scenario, if we are able to revive the Santosh Trophy, it can become hugely popular. The tournament can be the main platform for the domestic players from where they can come and play for the Indian team,” he said.

Grassroots football at school level

Harnessing the talent while they are young is the mantra for success and Chaubey said it is no rocket science if they bring football in government-run schools.

The AIFF chief plans to recruit qualified licensed coaches in state-run schools across India to catch them youngsters in the age group of 6-12 years.

“There are about 16 lakh government schools in India where they have football pitches with 25 million children,” he said, giving his estimate.

“We want to send AIFF licensed coaches to the schools to help improve the grassroots level. When you help create the basics from ages 6-12, then from ages 13-18 they will play at youth level for match exposure.

“We want to include football in a school curriculum so that we can have a football player with the same basic skills, whether in Andaman, Goa or Maharashtra,” he said.

Indian Football: Newly elected AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey Announces Ambitious Plans for Women’s Football, Check Out

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