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FIFA-AFC Delegation Meets SAI, AIFF, State Associations for Development of Football in India

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A joint FIFA-AFC delegation met top officials of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and representatives of various state bodies to discuss the plan to develop the football sport in the country on Wednesday.

The meeting aimed to understand different practical challenges faced by state football authorities in promoting the game in many sectors of the country.

The meeting majorly focused on strategies to address future challenges and tools to overcome them.

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After arriving in India, the FIFA-AFC delegation immediately got down to business and held a meeting with Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Sandeep Pradhan.

After discussions on improving grassroots football and planning for its expansion, the delegation met AIFF General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran and state units.

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The FIFA-AFC delegation, during the three-day visit, will also meet Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and other officials to discuss various projects for the development of Indian football.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet with ISL and I-League clubs, FSDL commercial partners, and also the national team head coach Igor Stimac.

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After the meeting, AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey said,

“Indian Football is at a crucial juncture, and it was great to see that FIFA and AFC are actively interested in its improvement. With the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup round the corner, I am sure we can all get together and set rolling the motions of progress.”

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Nidhi Singh
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