The All India Football Federation (AIFF) introduced a point-based system for all the states. This move was introduced in order to encourage the state associations in the development of sport. The points were based on various operational verticals.
The verticals are Coaches Education, Grassroots (Golden Baby Leagues), AIFF E-Certificate courses, AIFF Academy Accreditation Endorsements, Referees Education and conduction of leagues and competitions, accreditation of academies.
West Bengal which is governed by the Indian Football Association (IFA) achieved the top rank based on points. They were followed by Maharashtra and Kerala. All the three states had development officers deputed and funded by AIFF.
Kushal Das, the general secretary of AIFF said, “The ranking system was very well defined and fair in line with the strategic goals of the AIFF. The appointment of Development officers by AIFF in different states has added immense value.”
“States like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have shown significant improvement from the previous years and hopefully will be soon ranked amongst the top in future years,” added Kushal Das of AIFF.