Goal Programme - All India Football Federation - 2006
(FIFA.com) Friday 18 May 2007
Indian football has only recently awoken from a deep sleep, revealing the immense footballing potential that has lay dormant for so long. Success at the popular Afro-Asian Games, victory in the LG Cup in 2000 and a number of other triumphs have given a further boost to the burgeoning self-confidence of the Indian players. Football is not the number one sport in India
, but it could be. After 32 long years of mediocrity, recent successes have converted the masses into real football fans. Indian football is on the rise - and Asia, and indeed the world, will surely sit up and take notice of recent developments.
The All India
Football Federation urgently needs training facilities and administrative offices in the northeast and south of the country, namely in the states of Sikkim and Karnataka, where football is underdeveloped. Covering an area of 7,300 km2, the small state of Sikkim (capital: Gangtok) is considered to be one of the most scenically beautiful regions in the country, whereas historical Karnataka (capital: Bangalore) has all of the topographical requirements for football facilities. On 3 December 2006, the Goal Bureau decided to contribute to this extensive project as far as it was possible.
Training facilities and administrative offices in two states
Project approved on
3. December 2006
Goal USD 400,000 Other sources USD 1,831,345 Total cost USD 2,231,345