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AIFF Player of the year 2013: Sunil Chhetri-men and o Bembem Devi-Women..

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Indian National Team Captain Sunil Chhetri is the 2013 AIFF Player of the Year. The announcement was made by AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel at the Annual General Meeting held at AIFF Headquarters, the Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi on Friday (December 20). Chhetri was chosen the winner after voting by Airtel I-League Coaches.

Sunil will be presented a prize of Rs. 2 lakh besides a Trophy.

Chhetri, presently India's highest-ever goal-scorer in International Football on 43 goals had earlier won the Award twice, in 2007 and then in 2011. In the process he joins IM Vijayan to have won the Award thrice each. All India Football Federation also instituted three more new Awards along with re-instituting the AIFF Women’s Player of the Year.

Oinam Bembem Devi was adjudged the 2013 AIFF Women's Player of the Year. Bembem Devi was the only recipient of the Award the sole time it was announced in 2001. The 33-year old Bembem Devi will be presented a prize of Rs. 1 lakh besides a Trophy.AIFF also declared Jeje Lalpekhlua as the 2013 Emerging Player of the Year. The 22-year striker from Mizoram has already donned the National jersey 43 times scoring 14 goals so far.

Jeje will be presented a prize of Rs. 75000 besides a Trophy.

Mr. Patel congratulated the trio for the achievement. "My heartiest congratulations to Sunil, Bembem Devi and Jeje. All of them are worthy recipients of the Award," he said. The last two Awards instituted on the day were the Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme which was bagged by Mizoram FA while the Award for long time contribution to Indian Football was awarded to Tata Football Academy.

"This is a token of appreciation to the good work they have been doing. We expect others to follow the path," Mr. Patel added. All the Awards would be presented in an Awards Night in February organised by FICCI.


2013 AIFF Player of the Year 			    : Sunil Chhetri 
2013 AIFF Women's Footballer of the Year : Oinam Bembem Devi
2013 Emerging Player of the Year : Jeje Lalpekhlua
Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme : Mizoram FA
Award for long time contribution to Indian Football : Tata Football Academy

AIFF made some amendments into the Constitution..

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation Chaired AIFF's Annual General Body Meeting which was held at Football House on Friday (December 20, 2013). The day also witnessed the Special General Body Meeting (SGBM) which was held just prior to the AGBM. Besides Mr. Patel, the AGBM and SGBM were held in the presence of AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, Vice-Presidents Mr. Subrata Dutta, Mr. KMI Mather, Mr. Larsing Sawyan, Mr. Subhash Chopra, Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja, AIFF Executive Committee Members and Member Associations.

Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Regional Developmental Officer, South and Central Asia and IMG-R representatives Mr. Ashu Jindal and Ms. Priti Srivastava later graced the Meeting for the AGBM. The SGBM was held to make amendments into the AIFF Constitution as per the directions given by the Government of India which were unanimously passed by all. Keeping it in consonance with the Sports Code guidelines, the Constitution was thus amended:

"The President, the Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the General Body for a period of four years, however, the President and the Treasurer shall cease to hold that post on attaining 70 years of age".

It was also amended as such:

"The President may hold the office for a maximum period of twelve years with or without break. The Treasurer may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each after which a minimum cooling off period of four years will apply to seek fresh election"

AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in his address for the Special General Body Meeting said: "Keeping in mind the best practices which we should follow, we have some amendments to make. There are certain principles to be adopted by us in view of the directives from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs."

"We are a National Sports Federation and therefore we have to follow the guidelines of the Ministry and the Government of India from time to time. Keeping all the issues in mind we have adopted the necessary changes which to bring our Constitution in line with the Sports Code," the President added. Further, Mr. Patel said: "There were certain anomalies in our Constitution which needed to be changed as was proposed by Mr. (Subrata) Dutta. Now our Constitution has absolute clarity."

The President also laid stress on the three important years from 2015 to 2017 when apart from hosting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup India may get also the right to host the Club World Cup. "We are officially bidding for the Club World Cup in January 2014," he informed. Meanwhile, Mr. Kushal Das stated: "I'd also like to mention that the elections which were held last year were held as per the spirit of the Sports Code and the guidelines relating to age and tenure have been fully complied with last year itself.”

He also stressed on AIFF's activities. “Grassroots, Youth Development, Coach Education and Referees Development are the key areas for taking Indian Football forward." Ms. Sara Pilot, AIFF Executive Committee Member and Chairperson of Women’s Committee, provided an insight into Women's Football via a detailed presentation.