INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - JUNE : 2014

FPAI conducts AFC C license Course for first time at Goa.

 FPAI conducts AFC C license Course at Goa

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The Football Players Association Of India is hosting a AFC "C" License Coaching Course for the first Time In Goa From 9th - 21st June 2014. The course is being conducted by AIFF Instructor Marcus Pacheco. The following is the list of participants. The course was an initiative taken by the FPAI for current and former professional football players.

FPAI plans to host two such courses, for different levels, every year.

1. Ishfaq Ahmed
2. Ajayan
3. Beevan D'Mello
4. Clifford Miranda
5. Gouramangi Singh
6. Izumi Arata
7. Jatin Bisht
8. Denzil Franco
9. Luis Barreto
10. Mahesh Gawli
11. Mehraj uddin Wadoo
12. Manish Maithani
13. Nirmal Chettri
14. Paresh Shivalkar
15. Peter Siddique
16. Samir Naik
17. Steven Dias
18. Sushant Mathew
19. Shanmugun Venketash
20. Subhasish Roy Choudhury
21. Debarata Roy
22. Noel Wilson
23. Felix Dsouza

AFC Women's Football League meeting in AIFF.

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The importance of having a Women's Football League was underlined and proper planning for the same in detail was discussed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Assistance Programme (WAP) focusing on development of Women’s Football in the Country, at the AIFF Football House on Tuesday (June 10, 2014).

The meeting was attended by Ms. Teo Chwee Lian Julie, Head of Women's Development (Technical Division) and Ms. Fan Yunjie, Co opted Member, AFC Technical Committee (AFC Coaching Instructor). It shed light on the perennial issues of Football for the fairer sex in the Country like proper infrastructure, Women Coaches, more number of Competitions, the need for proper Marketing of Women’s Football and other related issues.

Apart from the AFC delegates, Dr. (Mrs.) Mukesh Saggar, Vice Chairperson, Women's Committee; Mr. Syed Shaheen, Delhi Soccer Association Secretary; Mrs. Anju Luthra (DSA), and National Team Players Aditi Chauhan, Swati Rawat and former Indian Player Disha Malhotra also took part in the discussion.

Stressing on the importance of having a Women's National League, Fan Yunjie said: "A Women's National League is the platform where all Players from across the Country gets a chance to showcase her talent. It is imperative that a National League, like for Men’s is happening every year. This is where Women's Football will grab the eyeballs and give it the much needed fillip."

According to the four-year plan charted out by the National Team Department in the meeting, a dedicated Women's National League is expected to take centrestage by 2015. "We are hopeful of organizing a National League for Women in the year 2015," National Teams Director Mr. Shubhankar Mukherjee informed.

"We at AIFF understand the importance of a Women’s League and how like the I-League it can attract all interested parties to Women’s Football. We are working towards it." The necessity of having at least one Female Coach on board for any age-group Team while travelling for International or even National Competitions, was also pointed out. "At the AFC we put a lot of importance to this aspect," Julei Teo maintained.

"It is very important to have at least one Female Coach on board for any International or National Tournaments," she added. Taking note of the advice, Mr. Mukherjee assured that the matter will be taken by seriously by not only the National Teams but also all State Associations. "We will surely pass on the message to our Competitions Department to spread the word across all State Associations," the Director assured.

Mr. Pushpargha Chatterjee, Manager, Coach Education, AIFF informed that "we have reserved one slot for Female Participant in every Coaching Course across the pyramid - that is from D to A Certificate courses." Mr. Mukherjee leaned on Maria Rebello's path breaking feat of becoming the first Women Referee to officiate in an I-League match last season to put forward the message that, “We are slowly making progress in other fronts also like Refereeing, and Coaching for Women."

Both Teo and Yunjie lauded the initiatives and said that more workshops should take place for the development of Women's Football which will also provide the Female Players with something to look forward to in the field of Refereeing or Coaching after they call it quits on the pitch.