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Indian Football: Government will provide massive support to popularize football, says AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

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Indian Football: All members of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) Executive Committee were informed on Monday that FIFA President Gianni Infantino may travel to…

Indian Football: All members of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Executive Committee were informed on Monday that FIFA President Gianni Infantino may travel to India to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the way forward for Indian football. This information was given during a meeting of the executive committee of the organization on Monday, which was chaired by AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey. The meeting took place on Monday. It was attended by Vice President NA Haris, General Secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Treasurer Kipa Ajay and Sunando Dhar.Follow football news updates with InsideSport.IN

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Members of the Executive Committee also attended – Lalnghinglova Hmar, Deepak Sharma, Menla Enthenpa, GP Palguna, Vijay Bali, Syed Husnain Ali Naqvi, Neibou Sekhose, Avijit Paul, Anil Kumar P, Valanka Natasha Alemao, Maloji Raje Chhatrapati, Mohan Lal, Syed Imtiaz Husain , Arif Ali, Bhaichung Bhutia, IM Vijayan, Climax Lawrence, Thongam Tababi Devi, Pinky Bompal Magar.

Among others present in the meeting as special invitees were GSFA Secretary Mulraj Singh Chudasama, KSFA General Secretary Satya Narayan, IFA President Ajit Banerjee and senior FSDL officials Martin Bain and GM Chirag Tanna.

Indian Football: Government will provide massive support to popularize football, says AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

Indian Football: Government will provide massive support to popularize football, says AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

The AIFF president opened the proceedings by informing the committee of his development talks with the government and the Qatar Football Association. “The government will provide large-scale support to help popularize football. We plan to have U-17 women’s football events in 30 cities where young girls can play and learn about the sport. It is our hope that such initiatives will further to inspire more young children to take up the beautiful game,” he said.

“We have also had fruitful talks with the Qatar Football Association and they will help us in various areas regarding the development of football in India,” the president added.

Regarding the national awards, the committee recommended that Arun Ghosh, Shabbir Ali and IM Vijayan be nominated for the Padma Shri, Manoranjan Bhattacharya for the Major Dhyan Chand Award and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the Arjuna Award.
The executive committee approved the technical committee’s recommendation to extend senior men’s team head coach Igor Stimac’s contract until the end of the AFC Asian Cup 2023. The committee also recommended that should India reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup, the coach’s contract should be automatically renewed.

The technical committee’s recommendations to use Indian coaches in all age groups, to discontinue the Indian Arrows project and replace it with the Elite Youth League and to appoint more female coaches to the women’s national teams were also approved by the executive committee.
The executive committee also decided to expand the scouting network in India.

Indian Football: Government will provide massive support to popularize football, says AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

It was suggested by the committee that the AIFF write to the South Asian Football Confederation (SAFF) requesting to postpone the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship which is due to take place in November 2022.

The maximum age for the appointment of the Technical Director, for which an advertisement was issued, has been raised from 50 to 55. It was also decided in the meeting that the AIFF would resume its annual awards ceremony.

Technical committee chairman IM Vijayan suggested that the committee should explore the possibility of starting an institutional league to revive the institutions that have long served Indian football over the years. The proposal was met with positive feedback from the members.

The 34 state FAs have submitted proposals for their respective state development projects, something that the state’s development committee will look into. Additionally, all state FAs have been asked to suggest the name of a prominent footballer from their respective state to appoint them as the brand ambassador for each state’s FA. The nominations of the proposed prominent footballers as Brand Ambassadors will be made by the Technical Committee.

Indian Football: Government will provide massive support to popularize football, says AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

A three-member committee headed by vice-president NA Haris has been formed to look into the various aspects of the National Center of Excellence in Kolkata and submit a report on how to take the project forward for optimum utilization of the national teams.

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