AIFF win the AFC Developing Member Association of the Year Award 2016

01.12.2016 : AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation on Thursday (December 1, 2016) won the AFC Developing Member Association of the Year Award at the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Annual FC Awards 2016 at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel collected the Award from Mr. Ali Kafashian, Vice President AFC. AIFF win the AFC Developing Member Association of the Year Award  2016

“I need to thank AFC for recognising our efforts. Indian Football is headed in the right direction,” Mr. Patel told.

The prestigious award is given to a Member Association in recognition of its professional administration and governance as well its exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the game at all levels within the country. Member Associations are assessed and awarded points on various areas encompassing the association’s activities such as the organisation of courses and seminars, competitions, grassroots and youth development, women’s programmes, social responsibility and special projects.

Points are also given for an MA’s hosting of AFC qualifying and finals tournaments as well as their national and club teams’ placing in AFC and FIFA competitions throughout the year. In 2016, AIFF has conducted 20 AIFF Grassroots Leaders Courses while 600 Grassroots Coaches were trained with 12 States implementing the AIFF Grassroots philosophy by setting up Grassroots Centres.

In an effort to increase the number of AFC Licensed Coaches in the Country, the AIFF conducted 29 AFC Courses inclusive of 2 AFC A License Courses, 5 AFC B License Courses, 20 AFC C License Courses and 2 AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Courses. In the process 210 Coaches received their AFC certification through the above mentioned Coaching Courses. Furthermore, JSW Bengaluru FC created history when they became the first Indian Club to reach the AFC Cup Final only to narrowly go down to Air Force Club, Iraq in the Final in Doha.

AIFF is also the sole Sporting Federation in the Country to have launched an overseas online scouting portal for NRIs over the World but with a valid Indian Passport. However, this is not the first time that AIFF has received an AFC Award at an AFC Awards night.

It was in 2014 that AIFF had won the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football while the previous year in 2013, AIFF was also nominated in the top three for the AFC Grassroots top three along with eventual winners Japan Football Association and Vietnam Football Federation. In addition, in 2014, AIFF was adjudged the Best National Sports Federation by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at the India Sports Awards Night at the FICCI Federation House in New Delhi.

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AIFF) has been nominated for the AFC Member Association (Developing) Award of the Year 2016
29.11.2016 : AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been nominated for the AFC Member Association (Developing) Award of the Year 2016 alongwith Vietnam and Malaysia, the results for which will be announced at the gala event of AFC Awards Night in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 01, 2016.

The prestigious award is given to a Member Association in recognition of its professional administration and governance as well as its exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the game at all levels within the country. This includes grassroots and youth development work, women's football development and social responsibility.

With India hosting its first ever FIFA World Cup next year, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, Indian Football is undergoing a mega revolution spearheaded by vigorous Football development at the Grassroots level.

The All India Football Federation conducted 20 AIFF Grassroots Leaders Courses in 2016, while 600 Grassroots Coaches were trained and 12 States implemented the AIFF Grassroots philosophy by setting up Grassroots Centres.

To beef up the number of AFC Licensed Coaches present in the nation, the AIFF conducted 29 AFC Courses inclusive of 2 AFC A License Courses, 5 AFC B License Courses, 20 AFC C License Courses and 2 AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Courses. 210 Coaches became AFC Certified through the abovementioned Coaching Courses.

Extending the horizons of Women’s Football in the Nation, the AIFF as part of the FIFA Live Your Goals campaign conducted 6 courses across the nation in 5 States, alongwith 4 FIFA Courses exclusive only for Women – FIFA Women’s Administrative Course, FIFA Introductory Goalkeeping Course, FIFA Refreshers Course, and the FIFA Youth Course, which is slated to commence in December.

The Live Your Goals campaign exclusive only for girls brought forth 240 new Women Grassroots Coaches in 2016. AIFF also conducted 13 Grassroots Festivals under the Live Your Goals project wherein more than 1000 girls were trained in the basics of Grassroots Football.

Meanwhile, 40 Academies applied for Academy Accreditation to play in the U-16 and U-18 Youth Leagues of AIFF, out of which 26 passed, increasing the base of the Player pyramid structure in the nation.

The nomination for the AFC Member Association (Developing) Award of the Year 2016 is statement of the fact that Indian Football is in the right direction and good tidings are on their way for India.