Indian football has undergone radical changes over the course of last three years or so. For anyone writing about the beautiful game and its presence in the country, what happened in 2014 was certainly fundamental.
There has been a gradual development of a bridge between the best employable practices upheld by the western world and India with respect to football and its overall evolution.
The Indian Super League (ISL) made its advent under the able guidance of Mrs. Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL).
India was now changing and full of effulgence and it captured the attention of the world.
No more was India just a football watching nation. No more did Indians only watch European football. No more did they only think of travelling to Europe to someday meet their favourite legends. No more was football in India just relegated to certain pockets.
It was time to ‘Let’s Football!’
The ISL has made its presence felt and Mrs. Ambani explained as to what was her vision before diving into the world of football with an intention to help upgrade the current structure to make it world class.
“Right from the outset, Indian Super League has been geared towards one overarching objective - to develop football across the country in a systematic and holistic manner. As the second most populous country in the world, India’s absence from the world soccer has been notable. However, over the last two-years much has changed, and the world has started to take note of India’s systematic rise in football,” she shared her vision in an exclusive interview to Goal.
As fire is kindled from wood by another fire, the divine consciousness of man can similarly be kindled by another divine grace. In the scriptures, it is stated that our heart reflects what is placed before it just like a clear crystal highlighting that we are likely to become who we associate with intimately.
The ISL allowed Indian players, young and the experienced lot, to share the dressing room with players/coaches who have made their mark at the highest possible platform. To an extent, the knowledge void was bridged. Indians had an opportunity to mingle with some of the best and learn from their experiences which did help pollinate their potential. It helped Indian players by giving an opportunity to create themselves.
“India has no dearth of talent, we need to show them the right way, nurture and provide opportunities to our youth. I am impressed with the way our boys have taken up the challenge in the ISL and have matched with their international counterparts. One can see the notable difference in our boys attitude and body language,” she opined.
What is striking is the fact that as a promoter of the sport, Mrs. Ambani is focused to achieve the objective of taking Indian football to the highest echelon. With the success of the ISL and the vast dimensions of potential it can unshackle in the not so distant future, Indian football is firmly on a path of promise.
“In building the Indian Super League, we have committed to propel Indian football to its rightful place– with Indian talent, facilities, passion and ambition to reach the very pinnacle of the game. The League is built on strong values which will ensure that long-term and sustainable growth is achieved through concerted and mutually-aligned effort from all Indian football stakeholders,” she expressed.
Indian football is on the cusp of radical metamorphosis.