A FIFA delegation led by Jerome Valcke, the general secretary, visited India and signed a ten year agreement where they shall be aiding the All India Football Federation (AIFF) strategically and technically.
“From scratch we would work on by developing grassroot football and just making sure that if and when India will host the U-17 World Cup in 2017, there will be this brand new U-17 team. And this U-17 team will play the Indian or the Asian way. You have one sport in a country of 1.2 billion people. It’s nonsense in a way,” Valcke observed.
“There is definitely a space for another sport and when you know how much football is already loved in India. And I think again that there is a future for football in India,” he added.
Wim Koevermans, the India coach, mentioned that though the ‘Master Plan’ was ready, it was up to those involved to implement and bring about a change in the existing system, which isn’t taking anyone forward.
“In India the coaching programmes are being renewed and I think that’s an important step forward but it cannot go without support of all the state associations in India and the Master Plan is the big web but it’s only a Master Plan but it’s really the people who make it work,” said the Dutchman, who guided India to Nehru Cup triumph in his very first assignment.
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