The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has presented the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with the AFC Elite Youth Scheme full membership status.
Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF in a letter to Dato Windsor John, General Secretary, AFC composed: “We are pleased to inform that your application for full membership of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme has been approved by the AFC Youth Panel.”
“In this regard, we are delighted to confer to the All India Football Federation the AFC Elite Youth Scheme full membership status and the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC Academy the two-star Academy status, which is subject to re-evaluation after three years as per Article 6 (Renewal) of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme Regulations and Guidelines.” the letter added.
The General Secretary of AIFF thanked Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for ‘acknowledging the effort’.
“The AFC Elite Youth Scheme has set a benchmark for all Member Associations to evaluate their youth football structure. We are thankful to the AFC for recognising our effort and acknowledge us as a full member of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme. AIFF is working towards fulfilling all the criteria to bolster the youth league structure and further strengthen the quality of footballers in India.” – Das said.
The AFC Youth Panel assesses the use of all member associations in twenty regions of centre exercises which incorporate – administration, arranging, association, staffing, enlistment, account, teams, coaching, instructing, playing, player execution, wellbeing, wellness, brain science, government assistance, training, cooperation, appraisal, rules and results.
Member Associations (MA) must satisfy the initial eleven rules to be acknowledged as a full-member. While MAs that meet the initial ten measures will be conceded temporary membership.
Das likewise saluted RFYC Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC for their separate accomplishments also.
“I would also like to congratulate Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC Academy for receiving a two-star status. Their academies are truly remarkable and have been promising ones to deliver future stars of the sport.” – Das said.
AIFF Technical Director Isac Doru stated: “It’s crucial for football development to have more top football academies. RFYC Academy and JSW BFC Academy should be an inspiring story for all new academies in India.”
He further noted that this recognition will add more “responsibility” to the AIFF’s ranks to work vigorously on its youth development structure.
“This recognition has provided the AIFF with a responsibility to work on the youth development concept, especially, the competitive and youth league system that needs to reach new heights at every age level.” – Isac added.
“This recognition will introduce professionalization of youth residential academy system driven by individual development of players in India.” – he concluded.
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