In a nation like India, it is hard to understand the lack of growth in the game of football over the years. But in recent times, a lot has changed in the country especially with the introduction of the Indian Super League.
The national capital has taken a step to further spread the game as they joined hands with FIFA for the Under-17 Football World Cup.
The U-17 World Cup is scheduled to be played in India in the months of August and September next year. Including Delhi, six Indian states are set to host this grand event for the first time in the country.
It is understood that a delegation of FIFA and AIFF members met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Delhi on Friday.
The delegation also comprised of Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, FIFA U17 World Cup, Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director, and Kushal Das, General Secretary AIFF.
For the tournament, two stadiums were sought out by the delegation and these stadiums will be developed to meet the standards of playing conditions according to FIFA.
Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Education Minister addressing the delegation explained that the government is trying to develop the popularity of the game with the help of the junior tournament.
He said, “We want to develop good talents in football, good football grounds in schools, a taste for playing football. We are joining hands not only for the event, but to develop the sporting culture for the youth.”
These programs are aimed at attaining the right mix of sport and education right from the schooling days and sought out for the help of FIFA to develop the culture of the sport in the schools in the capital.
The delegation also spoke to the media and said that they would take all the steps to build the love for football in the youth of the nation and promised that they would take several measures to attract the youngsters.
The Delhi Government also agreed to partner with FIFA in their aim to get the people of India closer to football and education through sports is the motto that they want to follow.
It is also understood that the Sports Task Force of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) is also in touch with several clubs all across Europe in their bid to increase the popularity of the game in the country.
With several other projects working on the same goal, India, as a nation may not be too far away from growing into the next footballing giants.