Young players do not play enough in India – AIFF’s Technical Director for Academies Scott O’Donell

The former coach of Cambodia states that a chance to host the U-17 World Cup in India would be a shot in the arm needed to work towards developing the youngsters...

Scott O’Donell, the technical director of All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) director of academies, opines that the Indian youngsters do not play enough games in a year which is an area which needs to be worked upon.

“In India players don't play enough, they play may be 15-16 games a year. In Australia it's 40 and Europe 50 or 60 and the league goes on for eight months. For Under-13 or 14, it depends on which state (the player belongs). It may be 1-2 -3 weeks. It's not enough. You got to play all the time,” he mentioned in Mumbai where he is conducting the AIFF 'D' Licence course along with the federation's Technical Director Rob Baan.

He added that Baan is working on a plan which aims to resolve the above mentioned problem which will soon be revealed next week.

"Technical director Baan is going to launch his master plan next Tuesday. He will detail in what we are going to do about (rectifying) it," he added.

India are to bid to host the 2017 U-17 World Cup, as announced by the AIFF president Praful Patel when FIFA president Sepp Blatter visited the national capital back in April this year.

The Australian backs the idea and added that it shall go a long way to inspire the coaches and players at the youth level.

"It (hosting of FIFA U-17 World Cup) will be a big boost for Indian football and give players and all the coaches a lot of motivation to work even harder to ensure that we have a competitive team,” he said.

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