A delegation from India visited FIFA yesterday to discuss FIFA's Win in India with India initiative, almost one year to the day since its launch on 14 April 2007.
The delegation, headed by the President of the All India Football Federation, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, and by the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Injeti Srinivas, was greeted by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Mohamed bin Hammam. The meeting focused on the implementation of the Win in India with India initiative.
"I visited India exactly one year ago to see for myself the situation of football in India and to launch the Win in India with India initiative. Twelve months on, I have no doubt that Indian football is on the right track and following the economic, social and cultural development of this huge nation. I hope that development will be even further boosted by the programmes of FIFA, the AFC and the authorities of the Indian Union," said President Blatter.
At the meeting, it was decided that Win in India with India would concentrate on developing Indian football at elite level, namely the top two divisions in India. The initiative will most notably focus on helping to develop infrastructure for clubs and on providing support in management and club licensing. The initiative will also support the development of national teams, particularly with regard to infrastructure. Training coaches, referees and technical directors will be another cornerstone of the initiative.
There are also a number of other initiatives running alongside Win in India with India. "Vision India", which is part of the AFC's "Vision Asia" programme, and FIFA's Goal, Com-Unity and FUTURO III programmes are already concentrating on the development of amateur football and regional football associations in the states of the Indian Union whereas various government bodies are prioritising the development of football in rural areas and Indian schools.
Therefore, in order to create synergies between the various parties involved, it was decided at yesterday's meeting that a four-party working group consisting of representatives of FIFA, the AFC, the AIFF and the Indian government should be set up as quickly as possible.