AIFF Technical Committee evaluates performance of National Teams across all age groups

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation’s Technical Committee met virtually on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, to evaluate the performances of the men’s and women’s national teams across all age groups.

The meeting was chaired by former India captain Mr. IM Vijayan and attended by AIFF Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Deputy Secretary General Mr. Satyanarayan M, Technical Director Mr. Syed Sabir Pasha, and members Ms. Pinky Bompal Magar, Mr. Harjinder Singh, Mr. Arun Malhotra, Mr. Climax Lawrence and Mr. Eugeneson Lyngdoh.

The Secretary General informed the Technical Committee about the Memorandum of Understanding that the AIFF signed with the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). As per the MoU, the Indian national teams across all age groups will be invited to participate in CAFA tournaments. The Technical Committee members appreciated the fact that CAFA member nations are basically strong football-playing countries, and it will help the Indian footballers play against tougher opponents.

Dr. Prabhakaran said, “The tournaments where we will compete against the Central Asian teams will greatly help our footballers compete and perform at a higher level. Having the opportunity to play such tournaments will help us aim higher, and our target is to start challenging the top Asian teams by 2026.”

The Committee appreciated the efforts put in by the men’s and women’s team players at the Asian Games earlier this year, despite facing higher-ranked opponents and difficult circumstances. The members also recommended that the matter of players being released by clubs for tournaments like the Asian Games be discussed at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Members of the Committee agreed that the Senior Women’s National Team performed admirably against tough opponents like Thailand and the Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games but recommended that the Blue Tigresses be given longer preparation time and exposure friendlies to prepare for such events.

The Committee suggested to the members that the U-23 National Team needs to be built up, with current Senior National Team assistant coach and former India defender Mahesh Gawali at the helm. Suggestions were also made for Gawali to lead the project for the development of the other junior teams, in order to streamline the progression of the players.

The performance of the India U-17 Women’s Team in the AFC U-17 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers was well received by the members, especially as they competed well against higher-ranked sides like the Korea Republic, and Thailand.

The AIFF, for the first time in three years, has organised the sub-junior and junior women’s national football championships. While the members felt that India are lagging in junior football at the domestic level, the commencement of such national championships, along with the junior elite leagues and Khelo India, will help bridge that gap.

The Committee also suggested the Federation create a database for the U-19 players in order to better track and monitor their progress.

Also Read: AIFF wins AFC President’s Recognition Bronze award for Grassroots Football

Also Read: MSP edges Soccer XI FC 3-2 in thrilling MFA Super League encounter

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian Football.

India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…