FIFA-AFC delegation meets SAI, AIFF, state associations | Football News

NEW DELHI: A joint FIFA-AFC delegation met on Wednesday with senior officials of the Indian Football Federation and representatives of various state units to discuss a roadmap for the development of sport in the country.
The objective of the meeting was to understand the practical issues faced by national football bodies in promoting the game in various sectors of the country.
The meeting focused on strategies to address the challenges ahead and instruments to overcome them, AIFF said in a statement.
Upon his arrival in India, the FIFA-AFC Delegation immediately went into business and held a meeting with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Managing Director Sandeep Pradhan.
After having discussions on improving grassroots football and planning for its expansion, the delegation met with AIFF General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran and state units.
During this three-day visit, the FIFA-AFC delegation will also meet the Minister of Sports Anurag Thakur and other officials to discuss various development projects of indian soccer.
The delegation will be in India for two more days and are expected to meet with ISL and I-League clubs, FSDL business partners, as well as national team head coach Igor Stimac.
After the meeting with the delegation, the President of the AIFF Kalyan Chaubey “Indian football is at a crucial time, and it was great to see that FIFA and the AFC were actively interested in improving it. With the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup approaching, I’m sure that we can all come together and set rolling motions of progress.”
AIFF General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran said: “Our goal is to improve Indian football from scratch, and we want to spare no effort in our efforts to achieve this.
“Our goal is to implement the planned roadmap, and it is a huge encouragement for us that the FIFA-AFC delegation has come to India for a discussion on this. Their great support will only help us to achieve the goal at the earliest.”

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