By Rahul Bali
The Indian Super League (ISL) has been a catalyst for the infrastructural development in the country, according to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary, Kushal Das with the Under-17 World Cup upon us in 2017.
The ISL have been working to upgrade the quality of fields which has aided massively in the AIFF’s plan for the Under-17 World Cup.
“The infrastructural work has been happening. The Nehru Stadium in Delhi, the pitch has been re-laid. In a way, the ISL is also helping with that. You have the stadium in Pune being done while Goa is in good shape.
“Mumbai’s DY Patil, the work has been going on and the same for Guwahati. The ISL has fast tracked the infrastructural development,” Das informed Goal on the sidelines of the Soccerex Global Convention, Manchester.
If a stadium has an artificial turf, one of the criterions to qualify as a venue to host the Under-17 World Cup game is that the city must have at least four top quality artificial turfs as well for the participating teams to train.
“Once the I-League gets over in May, the state government will start putting the natural turf. The state government has taken the necessary decisions. For the U-17 World Cup, if you have an artificial pitch at the stadium then your four training grounds in the city must have artificial turfs.
“So, the decision was to install a natural turf and develop some of the other training centres,” said Das.