AIFF Development Committee Urges States to Organise Four Tournaments a Year


The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Development Committee, chaired by Mr. Avijit Paul, held a virtual meeting on May 15, 2024. The committee, which includes members such as Mr. Cliff Nongrum, Mr. Takum Kipa, and Dr. Sonam T. Ethenpa, has made a significant recommendation for the development of football in India.

AIFF’s recommendation for the states

The committee has recommended that each state should organise a minimum of four events in a year for the utilisation of funds provided by the AIFF. These four events should include at least one tournament each for junior boys and girls. This initiative is aimed at promoting football at the grassroots level and providing young talent with a platform to showcase their skills.

The committee believes that states are the backbone of Indian Football. The policy of providing the states with the necessary support from the AIFF has made a considerable impact while taking the game forward. By organising these tournaments, states can utilise the funds provided by the AIFF effectively and contribute to the development of the game.

The committee also recommended that the use of CMS be mandatory for all these events. This will ensure a smooth and transparent process for organising these tournaments. A new set of rules should be made for the smooth utilisation of developmental funds and should be submitted to the Executive Committee for its approval.

This move by the AIFF Development Committee is a significant step towards the development of football in India. By urging states to organise at least four tournaments a year, the committee is ensuring that the funds provided by the AIFF are utilised effectively. Moreover, this initiative will provide young talent with more opportunities to showcase their skills and contribute to the growth of football in the country.

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