New Delhi, Jan 13 : India who will host the 7th edition of 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup slated to be held from November 2-21 will provide a global recognition to Indian Football, said Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation here on Monday.
While chairing AIFF’s Annual General Body Meeting here in the national capital on Monday, he said earlier also India had the opportunity to host FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017 which had a great impact in Indian football, and also among FIFA and AFC.
"The number of programmes, especially at the Grassroots level have increased by manifolds in the last 10 years. Grassroots, training and development, coaching courses have been working in tandem. New academies, facilities in schools, basic grooming and conditioning are some aspects which we’re working on relentlessly. It’s not an overnight process,” the President added.
"We have encountered many challenges and have come a long way. But we have to do much better and need active support, cooperation from each State Association, the associate members as well as the support of parent body FIFA and AFC to scale to newer heights," Patel maintained.
Meanwhile, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das highlighted the increase in participation in the Golden Baby Leagues from 83 to 120 while the number of registered kids have surpassed from 21,471 last year to 30000 this year.
He also mentioned of the Indian Women's Senior Team playing 32 international matches in 2019, an increase of 300 percent from last year, while the Grassroots leaders course -- currently rechristened as the AIFF E License course, have been organised 33 times in 2019. Besides AIFF General SecretaryKushal Das; Senior Vice-President Subrata Dutta, KMI Mather, Manvendra Singh, AIFF Executive Committee Members; all members from Member Associations barring Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan also attended the meeting.
Furthermore, FIFA Development Officer Prince Rufus, AFC representatives Purushottam Kattel and Dinish De Silva; ID Nanavati from Indian Olympic Association, and Nikunj Aswal from MYAS attended the meeting as observers. While Ms Priti Srivastava represented FSDL in the meeting. (UNI)