's project, which was approved on 4 March 2002, involved the construction of association headquarters with an adjoining technical centre. The aim of this ambitious project, of which the foundation stone was laid in January 2004 in the presence of many famous footballing names, was to centralise Indian football administration work, which had previously been spread over three different states. The cost of the project was covered by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, the All India
Football Federation, private donations and sponsorship money. The complex was opened by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on 17 April 2007 during his extensive visit to India
, which brought him together with leading figures from the world of culture, politics and business.