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FIFA's latest programme to promote the game amongst the kids of South Asia kicked off in Bangalore...

FIFA inaugurated another programme aimed at promoting football among South Asian children at grassroots level in Bangalore on Monday. The programme, named Futuro III, involves eighteen participants twelve of whom have been nominated from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

They will be trained by FIFA instructor and former Churchill Brothers coach Vincent Subramaniam from Singapore and AFC trainer Chan Hiu Ming from Hong Kong. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) nominated the remaining six participants that include Southern Blues coach John Kenneth Raj and womens football coach Maymol Rocky from Goa.

FIFA hopes to promote football among South Asian children through programmes like Futuro III

The programme will lay emphasis on how to organize tournaments for children and get them habituated to an improved system of training. The coaches will also be sharing their experiences during the course of this exercise.

"These coaches know their countries much better than we do. Through these FIFA and AFC modules, these instructors will learn a more in-depth and systematic approach to popularizing the game among children and spread this knowledge among colleagues in their respective countries," Subramanium was quoted saying in The Times of India.

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