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30 Nov 2018, 16:36 IST

Mumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) The All India Soccer Federation
(AIFF) will “very quickly” launch a school-level venture alongside
with the video games world governing physique FIFA, a high official mentioned
Friday.

The venture, `faculties league’, will probably be launched on a
pilot foundation, AIFF Common Secretary Kushal Das mentioned.

“Once we had the U-17 FIFA World Cup (in India in
2017), we additionally began a programme referred to as `Mission XI
Million’, which was a faculty contact programme, and we touched
about 15,000 faculties throughout the nation.

“And really quickly we (AIFF) are going to do a venture
with FIFA referred to as `the colleges league’, it would, after all be,
a pilot venture,” he mentioned.

“We (AIFF) are basing our knowledge on the Mission XI
Million venture and it ought to be launched very quickly, by March
-April,” Das mentioned on the Star Sports activities India Soccer Discussion board 2018
organised by SportzPower.

Das gave the data when he requested what has the
AIFF executed to vary the soccer tradition in India.

The AIFF and the native organising committee for the
FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, with the assist of the
Centre, had final 12 months initiated the Mission XI programme to
convey a minimum of 11 million college youngsters to play the sport in
the run-up to the World Cup.

Noting that their expertise below the Mission XI
Million in Uttar Pradesh (UP) was good, Das hinted that the
faculties league may give attention to the northern state.

“Truly our expertise with Mission XI Million in UP
was very superb, so could also be we are going to focus the varsity league
in both Lucknow or one of many (UP) cities to start out off and
lets see the way it goes, knowledgeable Das.

Nevertheless, Das didn’t elaborate on the small print about
the brand new venture to be began by the nationwide soccer physique.

The AIFF basic secretary shared the work executed by the
federation to take the game to nook and corners of the
nation.

“Three years again we began the U-15 league and two
years again we began the U-13 league and these are nationwide
leagues.

“So now we’ve got U-13, U-15 and U-18 youth leagues.
The variety of groups has elevated considerably from about 50
groups three years again to 280 staff (now). So, in that sense,
we are attempting to broad-base soccer,” Das mentioned.

“We’ve a staff from Kashmir enjoying within the I-League
this 12 months and the response of the followers is implausible.

“We’ve additionally began the child leagues (between) age
teams 6-12 and they’ve 99 leagues registered with AIFF
and the numbers will develop,” he added.

On the occasion, completely different stake-holders debated on
numerous subjects associated to Indian soccer and the street forward
for it

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