Indian National Team's preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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AIFF Official Press Release : Indian National Team's preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, All India Football Federation's Special Technical Committee met in Bangalore on Saturday (July 19, 2014). The Committee comprising of AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, AIFF Technical Director Mr. Robert Baan, National Coach Wim Koevermans, National Team Captain Sunil Chhetri and noted Coach Mr. Derrick Pereira discussed at length the path to form a competitive Indian squad for the mega event.

However, AIFF Technical Committee Chairman and former Indian National Team Captain Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia couldn't attend the Meeting for personal reasons. Highlighting the significance of proper scouting for the World Cup, Mr. Das made a presentation on the scouting procedure for the AIFF U-17 World Cup Academies which would essentially happen from the forthcoming Coca Cola Cup. The Coca Cola Cup, an inter-school Tournament which would be followed by the National Championships, is scheduled to kick-off by end of July and end in November 2014.

The General Secretary also laid a plan about conducting an U-15 Youth League across the Country. Besides the AIFF Academies, the proposed League would consist of I-League Clubs, ISL Franchises, invitational Academies, 2nd Division Clubs all to augment the talent for the AIFF U-17 World Cup Academies. AIFF Technical Director Mr. Baan also laid down a detailed plan on the preparation of the U-17 National team leading to the World Cup. Baan stressed that the Team should be sent on minimum three exposure Tours per year in International Tournaments and play at least, minimum 40 competitive matches in a calendar year.

Rob stressed the exposure trips should be held in various Continents like Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America for the Team to get used to the tactics, attitude and style of play of various sides, all of which would play an important role in the World Cup. Mr. Das also mentioned that India is bidding for the U-16 AFC Championship Finals in 2016 which would help to evaluate the preparation of the Team as well as of the venues.

The meeting ended on a very positive note with a mandate to meet immediately after the completion of the Coca Cola Cup.

AIFF appoint Mr. Javed Siraj Integrity Office.

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AIFF Official Press Release : FIFA and AFC's mandate to appoint an Integrity Officer in every member association to combat corruption and match-fixing in sport, All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Mr. Javed Siraj in that role. The AIFF is focused on upholding the core values of football such as Fair Play, achievement by merit and the uncertainty of the outcome of matches and competitions" Governing Body's General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das told on the appointment.

Match fixing is a dangerous threat to the game, therefore, the AIFF is committed to protecting the integrity of all its competitions and enhance good governance across football in the country," Mr. Das added. The Integrity Officer will be the single point contact on all matters of Integrity in AIFF. Among his many roles and responsibilities in the aforementioned capacity, the Integrity Officer is expected to develop an Integrity Plan and Strategy along with developing required educational material on integrity matters.

He will also report the progress of this initiative to the Executive Committee of the AIFF from time to time. "With the commercialization of sports, it has become imperative to have integrity in all areas and prevent any sort of wrong doings," Shiraz told I will be ensuring that integrity in football is maintained at all levels in the country by coordinating with clubs and their team security officers on all matters pertaining to integrity and security during competitions, he added defining his role.

Siraj will also carry out risk assessment of competition/matches on threat of match manipulation and betting as and when required. He will also be paying visits to competition venues in view of preventing any sort of malpractice during matches. The AIFF is also in the process of signing an agreement with Early Warning System (EWS) for monitoring betting of domestic competitions. The Officer will have his feet under the table from August 1, 2014.

AFC 'B" License courst at Kolkata on and from 7-27th Sept.

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The AIFF is conducting an AFC B Certificate Course in Bengal, from 7th to 27th September 2014. Candidates willing to apply for the course should satisfy the following conditions:

  • Be an AFC C- Certificate holder.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years experience in football coaching since being issued the AFC C-Certificate.
  • Hold a valid birth certificate/passport copy.
  • Should have maintained a log book for his sessions after completion of AFC C- Certificate (minimum 60 hours), required for submission during the course.
  • Applications for the course should be made online at by 31st July 2014.