AIFF, AFC hold taskforce meeting on development of Indian football in Goa

Panaji: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday held their initial taskforce meeting on the development of the game in country.

AFC General Secretary Dato Windsor John and AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das led the delegations who agreed to the scope of the taskforce's remit.

AIFF and AFC taskforce meeting in Goa. Image courtesy: Twitter/@IndianFootball

AIFF and AFC taskforce meeting in Goa. Image courtesy: Twitter/@IndianFootball

In addition, issues such as development, club licensing, competitions, encompassing rankings and the development of officials such as referees were also discussed.

"The taskforce meeting was extremely positive and the AFC identified areas in which we can assist the development of football in India – which is a key to the AFC’s vision of increasing engagement in the sport," said Dato Windsor.

"We had fruitful discussions on the status of league football in India. The AIFF's plans for the proposed league structure were again discussed but the AFC is extremely clear on this matter. Any decisions on the structure of the game in India are for the AIFF Executive Committee — not the AFC," he said.

"The AFC are happy to give support and advice but the important decisions on the format of the proposed new league are purely the domain of the AIFF."

Kushal Das expressed his satisfaction on the discussions and stated that the AFC's experience in other countries for such restructuring will go a long way in determining the best possible structure which will benefit the development of football in India.

Updated Date: Sep 28, 2016 20:54 PM

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