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FICCI GOAL 2013 Indian Football Convention

Goal.com, the official partners at the event held in Delhi, recaps the discussions held at FICCI's GOAL 2013 Indian football convention...

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'The IPL is our popular benchmark' - AIFF President Praful Patel

AIFF President Praful Patel stresses on the need to commercialise Indian football

Youth is the way to go for Indian Football development

'We need icons to promote football in India' - AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan

'We're not going for quantity' – AIFF’s Technical Director for Academies Scott O’Donell

'The I-League needs a players and team cap' - Leisure Sports Managing Director S S Dasgupta

'It is something we would prefer not to have' - AFC Technical Director Jim Selby on match fixing

'Many countries pay lip-service to youth football' - AFC Tecnical Director Jim Selby

'Government is committed to hosting the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India' - Indian Sports Secretary P.K. Deb

'Implementation of Sports Code not at the cost of AFC or FIFA norms' - AIFF President Praful Patel

'We have to adopt a new fitness training philosophy in India' - India's Technical Director Robert Baan

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13:20 IST
We leave you, for now, with a group photo
13:16 IST
Stay tuned to Goal for more quotes and reactions. Until then, it's been Rahul Bali and Brendon Netto from the venue with Anselm Noronha at the desk. Cheerio!
13:10 IST
Arunava: Delhi grassroots will have programs for Under 14 and Under 17 kids. Mumbai is looking at six-year-olds to come and play football. We need to develop grassroots. We must provide players for the national team in the future.
13:06 IST
Ranbir: I felt very famous when Times of India carried articles when I would play in inter-school competitions.
13:03 IST
Nishant: Our grassroots for every city has a different strategy. Malad has a huge following. We are looking to year one and two and develop tournaments formats for more people to come to youth festivals. Once families start enjoying, sponsorships will also increase.
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