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GOAL 2013, India’s first international convention on football business will be launched at the FICCI Federation House on 14-15 February, 2013...

GOAL 2013, India’s first international convention on football business will be launched at the FICCI Federation House on 14-15 February, 2013.

This would be the first international convention focused on the business of football in India. The intention of this convention would be to bring together the most relevant stakeholders supporting the growth of football industry in India and create business opportunities for all involved.

The event is being supported by AIFF and will have attendance from representatives of FIFA and the AFC. Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF, said “Such platforms already exist in developed football markets like the UK. We felt it was important to create such a platform for Indian football. With the U-17 World Cup bid, significant investment from FIFA in terms of youth academies and investment from IMG-RIL, Indian football is headed towards an exciting phase of growth and transformation over the next 5 years. Events like these will provide a common platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges in growing the sport of football in India.”

This pioneering initiative to promote Indian football will focus on football in Asia and opportunities in India, AIFF “Lakshya 2022”, the importance of the U-17 2017 FIFA World Cup and a host of other sessions.

Libero Sports India, Managing Director, Sukhvinder Singh, said, “Over the past two years a lot of great work has been happening in Indian football across all levels including the government, federation, international and local clubs, academies and brands and agencies. So naturally, the next step was to bring together all these stakeholders under one roof, to discuss the common opportunities and channelize the efforts to help the growth of the game in the country.”

Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Co-Chairman, FICCI Sports Committee & Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tata Steel said, “We are confident that future of Indian football is bright as the game is getting embedded into the Indian culture with growing interest for the game among the youngsters. To attain its potential in India, it is important that corporate entities support the game at all levels.

Mr. Rajpal Singh, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs, FICCI, shared: “At FICCI sports our vision is to professionalize the sports industry in India and make India a sporting nation. Our efforts and experience in organizing India’s biggest sports convention, TURF, lead us to believe that such a convention was necessary and required for the growth of the football industry in India. This initiative will bring together all the major stakeholders and influencers in Indian football under one roof to discuss and deliberate the next steps to grow the sport of football in India.”

The convention would be held at the FICCI Federation House and will include conference, B2B Meetings, networking lunch and dinner and exhibitions. Libero Sports India, who are the knowledge partners to this event have been instrumental in conceptualizing this initiative along with FICCI and AIFF.

The convention promises the presence of key stakeholders in Indian football right from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sports Authority of India, FIFA, AIFF, AFC, International leagues, clubs and academies, to players, coaches and technical staff and brands, agencies, NGOS, universities and educational institutions among others.

GOAL 2013 also happens to be preceded by the "Conditioning Conference for Coaches" by Raymond Verheijen that is being conducted by AIFF and supported by FICCI. This is the first time where and when, the world renowned Football Fitness Coach from The Netherlands is coming over to India to conduct a 3-day Football Conditioning course for the AIFF and I-League premier division club coaches from 12-14 February, 2013 educating them about Modern football and training methods. The theoretical part of the event will be held at FICCI, Federation House whereas the practical sessions will be held at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi.

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