Goal 2013: The importance of youth development

Ahead of the "GOAL2013" India Football conference in New Delhi on 14th and 15th February 2013, Goal.com brings you everything you need to know about the upcoming conference...

Goal 2013 would be the first international convention focused on the business of football in India organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with an intention to bring together the most relevant stakeholders supporting the growth of football industry in India and create business opportunities for all involved.

The development of young footballers in India hasn't been that great over the years due to the lack of  qualified coaches and education for budding footballers since childhood. Football in India was started way back in 1868 but in terms of popularity the country's main sport has been cricket because of which football has often been ignored

"Most Indian kids have a passion for football but there are not the qualified coaches at the grass roots level to help them"

- Bhaichung Bhutia

Although over the years the country has developed but still a lot of work needs to be done if India wants to become a recognized force in world football.

"Five additional academies, including an elite academy, will open in 2013"

- Rob Baan

In recent events the FIFA initiative of 'Win in India with India' project has seen the organization inject funds for the development of the sport in the country.

The Panelists in the conference will be:

Subrata Dutta: The Vice President of AIFF has taken keen interest in promoting youth football in India. He announced the Milo Bankim Cup Inter School Football Tournament in 2006 and announced the commencement of Peerless Nursery Division Football League the same year. He also referred this tournament as the key competition for budding talents in football

John Michel Benezet : John Michel Benezet specializes in education and development in his capacity as Technical Director at FIFA. The Frenchman visited Singapore last September to assess the various FAS youth development programmes and was a guest Conscient Football's facilities in Gurgaon.

PK Deb : Pradeep Kumar Deb was appointed Secretary, Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on April 10 2012.

Jim Shelby : Jim Shelby is the Coach education director of AFC and has been teaching coaching for the last 30 years. The Australian has vast fulltime coaching experience, having worked both as a FIFA Instructor and with the FIFA Technical Study Groups across all FIFA tournaments, including the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups as well as the U17 and U-20 Olympics.


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