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Please find below a report on the AFC Futsal Development Programme which
kicked-off in the Capital today.

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*AIFF Media Team*

*NEW DELHI:* Representatives of the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) met
the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Football House, New Delhi
today (August 08, 2017) on the opening day of the AFC Futsal Development
Programme - Assessment Visit to India.

The AFC was represented by Mr. Ali Targholizadeh, who is the Technical
Director of the Futsal & Beach Soccer Development Department of the AFC,
Mr. Jacob Joseph Biggs, the Project Manager of the AFC Futsal Development
Programme and Mr. Badrul Hisham Bin Kalam of the AFC Futsal Referee's

AIFF’s General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das along with Hero I-League CEO Mr.
Sunando Dhar, AIFF’s Technical Director Savio Medeira, AIFF’s Head of
Player Development Richard Hood were also in attendance at the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the AIFF General Secretary said, “We have trying
to develop Futsal in India for some time now. This was missing from the
Indian development programme. And I hope with the help of the AFC we should
be able to start a Futsal competition by this year in India. That is the

Ali Targholizadeh opined, “Asia has almost 2/3rd of the world population
and India is a major and very important part of that not just
demographically but in other aspects too. Countries who might not be
traditional footballing superpowers can do well in Futsal. I’m happy with
AIFF’s initiative to develop futsal for football and futsal for futsal
which is a part of developing football overall.”

“I think it’s a new beginning for us and we are looking towards getting in
more coaches and instructors to help us develop futsal in India”, added
Savio Medeira.

The meeting took place to discuss matters on regarding developing and
creating a road map for Futsal in India. There was also a discussion on
creating an ideal platform for the spread and advent of Futsal as a popular
form of football in India. The AIFF conveyed its full commitment towards
creating a pathway for courses, competitions and match officiating across
our country that will help in development of Futsal.


Media Department, AIFF.

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