With ambitious goals for the hundredth year of India’s independence, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has released ‘Vision 2047‘ after receiving inputs from key stakeholders, including the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA (Federation Internationale de football association).
The document consists of six four-year strategic plans that aid towards fulfilling the goals, namely, attaining the top four standings in Asia, building a vibrant ecosystem for football in India, becoming home to iconic players with international stardom in both men’s and women’s football and build the ‘National Football Philosophy’ that is novel to India. The AIFF aims to build the philosophy by studying the models or philosophies followed in other nations, studying player development and coaching, and understanding the evolution of Modern Football and the history of India.
Several steps to encourage the participation of women in football competitions as well as in the administration have been enumerated in the document, including setting up a four-level league pyramid for women’s football by 2026. To ensure the active involvement of children in football games, the federation envisions carrying out village grassroots programmes and providing football education to children through ‘Football for Schools’. The federation also proposes imparting education to coaches and training to school PE teachers and youth referees, among other measures.
The federation proposes to set up a four-level league pyramid for women’s football, carry out grassroots programmes, impart education to coaches, provide training to school PE teachers and youth referees, etc.