AIFF’s 25-year roadmap: Revamp work culture, make India one of best in Asia

New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) The laid-back attitude will be a thing of past and all the programmes will be result-oriented as the All India Football Federation is planning a complete revamp of its work culture under a roadmap that aims to make the national team one of the best in Asia.

It has been learnt that the roadmap, being prepared for the next 25 years, will not explicitly say that the national team should qualify for the World Cup but would suggest the same by implication.

“The new set of office bearers does not want to portray World Cup qualification as be-all and end-all goal. The thought process is if you are among the best in Asia, then you will be playing in the World Cup,” a well-informed source privy to the developments told PTI.

“The Indian team was earlier among the best in the Asia. The attempt is to rise steadily to that level once again.” In the 1950s and early 1960s, considered as the golden era of Indian football, the national team won gold medals at the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games and finished fourth at the 1956 Olympics.

India also finished runners-up in the 1964 Asian Cup but the country’s football declined after that and the 1970 Asian Games bronze medal was the last big achievement at the continental stage.

“Everything will be target-oriented, be it the coaches, support staff, any other programmes, even the manpower in the AIFF headquarters. There will be overhaul and restructuring.

“The laid-back attitude will be done away with. It’s across the spectrum, and will apply to everybody associated with the AIFF,” the source said.

The release of the document, which is expected to run into hundreds of pages, is set to be delayed by a few days as the AIFF also wants inputs from the world governing body FIFA and Asian Football Confederation.

The AIFF had earlier planned to release the roadmap 100 days after the September 2 elections but later decided to do it after the end of the World Cup. But now, the document is expected to be released in the first week of January.

It is also learnt that the roadmap being prepared is going to be the most comprehensive ever made in Indian football history.

“It will have roadmap for the clubs, leagues, state associations. The grassroots and youth development will form a big part. National team development, improvement in the women’s game, coach education and referee, everything will be there. It will be a comprehensive document,” the source said.

AIFF Secretary General Shaji Prabhakaran had told

Source: PTI News


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