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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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SAFF Championship 2013 Draw - LIVE
Follow the draw for South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship, as it happens in Kathmandu, Nepal, LIVE with Goal...
12:00 IST
That brings an end to the official draw ceremony of the SAFF Championship. Join us for detailed coverage on Goal!
11:55 IST
Salauddin: The club championship is one of my biggest dreams. in Europe, it is the most popular competition. But I have a problem. Everybody has time except India. India are not comfortable to find the time. 1) Sponsorship - that can b arranged 2) timing from India team There are my two problems. I will request indian fa president (Praful Patel) so that we can work around their schedule to arrange for the club championship to be held
11:55 IST
A question for Salauddin: What were you thinking of SAFF Club championship which wasto be held sometime this year?
11:40 IST
Lama: We are working with Nepal Football Association and the local government is keen to develop football. By one or two years, we will extend our activities to 60 districts. Lot of areas we dont have football grounds as we are a mountaineous country. We also have a national programme to groom a footballer in schools and colleges.  We are enhancing our infrastructure for now and that is our focus.
11:38 IST
Next on the mike was Mr. Lama . Question to him was: "What is the role of sports council in developing football"
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