The AFC Futsal Development Programme that kicked-off at the AIFF Headquarters in the Capital on August 08, 2017 concluded today (August 11, 2017) leaving behind an assessment to develop and create a roadmap for Futsal in India.
AFC was represented by Ali Targholizadeh, Technical Director of the Futsal & Beach Soccer Development Department of the AFC, Jacob Joseph Biggs, Project Manager of the AFC Futsal Development Programme and Badrul Hisham Bin Kalam of the AFC Futsal Referee’s Department.
AIFFa��s General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das along with Hero I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, AIFFa��s Technical Director Savio Medeira meanwhile represented AIFF. The four-day programme focused on assessment of India as a Futsal nation, whilst driving plans and a roadmap to boost the popularity of Futsal in India and create an ideal platform for the advent of Futsal.
a�?I am happy with AIFFa��s initiative to develop Futsal for Football and Futsal for Futsal which is a part of developing Football overalla�?, said Ali. a�?This Programme was a pilot project in assessing Futsal in India and aiding to create a viable roadmap to help India setup a proficient Futsal systema�?
a�?Asia has almost 2/3rdA�of the worlda��s population and India is a major and very important part of that not just demographically but in Footballing aspects too and Futsal is a game which is generally widely accepted by the massesa�?, he added.
AIFFa��s Technical Director Savio Medeira meanwhile stated, a�?Futsal is integral for the holistic development of Indian Football as Futsal is also a part of Football. Creating a roadmap to boost Futsal is a new beginning for us and we are looking to build our own ecosystem of Futsal, including coaches and Instructorsa�?
a�?The AFC Futsal Development Programme helped us to assess and zero down on the roadmap in helping create a viable ecosystem for Futsal in Indiaa�?, Savio added.
The AIFF also conveyed its full commitment towards creating a pathway for courses, competitions and match officiating across the nation that will help in the development of Futsal.