Football News India – The coronavirus pandemic has certainly disrupted the world in a lot of ways. A lot of industries are suffering because of it, competitive sport being one of them. But with the unlocking in progress, people who are at the organizing end of competitive sports in India rethink about how to bring about a shift in the way people perceive sports in India, especially football. Here is a look at some of the views from some famous personalities about how they would bring about a change in Indian Football for more viewership and a knack in general.
Former Team India Captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that prioritization and developing a passion for all sports is very important for any sport to thrive in a country. This is true especially in developing nations like India and other southeast Asian countries. A lack of infrastructure and training platform is another major factor that is hindering the development of football in India. He feels that spreading awareness about the importance of football and selecting passionate administrators at the district and state level is very much necessary. Identification of proper talent, nurturing, and providing them enough opportunity at the lower levels can do wonders for the next generation of footballers in India.
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Coach and Technical Director of FC Goa, Derrick Perreira feels that in order for India to even think about competing with the greatest footballing nations of the world, a massive pool of elite players need to be developed so that the national team has enough options to choose from. In order to do that, grassroot programs are essential. He feels that just like people are so passionate about cricket in India, there has to be a sense of football culture developed in order to set the mindset around competitive footballing.
Kids in the age group 12-17 need to be provided with enough exposure and a structured training platform so that they can go on to build a professional career in football in their twenties. He is hopeful about the future of football in India. He feels that change is slow, but it is definitely happening. Awareness around the importance of training and nutrition and the increasing viewership of football matches are proofs of that change in mindset.
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Former ISL Competitions Manager and Sports Management Professional, Juhi Shah says that the need for a better roadmap is key to the development of Women’s Football in India. Most local and state-level clubs who want to invest in Women’s Football back out because of the short term nature of events. She also feels that the need for the development of better management and holding more and more competitive events is very much necessary.